Category Archives: coronavirus

Data Protection Challenges of Remote Working

In March 2020, businesses found themselves having to quickly adapt to managing a remote workforce. The IT department felt the pressure to create the infrastructure to enable this and information security teams looked for ways to effectively monitor the network … Continue reading

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The Return to Work and Data Protection

Written by Emma Garland. Along with pubs, restaurants and places of worship, many businesses have now re-opened after the lockdown and are requiring their staff to return to work. There has been a lot of guidance about how the physical … Continue reading

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Customer Contact Details for Track and Trace: GDPR Considerations

“A pint of beer and a packet of crisps, Sir? That’ll be £3.90 and your personal data please.” For some businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, the government is also intending to place an additional obligation. The guidance document states: … Continue reading

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Covid-19, GDPR and Temperature Checks

Emma Garland writes… Many countries have now been in some form of lockdown for a considerable length of time. As some of the lockdown measures are slowly being eased, one of the possible solutions to prevent a “second wave” is … Continue reading

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The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App: Part 4 Questions about Data Retention and Function Creep

The first three blog posts in this series have raised many issues about the proposed NHS COVID19 Contact Tracing App (COVID App) including the incomplete DPIA and lack of human rights compliance. In this final post we discuss concerns about … Continue reading

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The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App: Part 3 The Human Rights Angle

Everyone will agree that the government needs to do everything it can to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus and to “save lives” (except if your name is Dominic Cummings -Ed). However, there is much less consensus about the … Continue reading

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The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App Part 2: The Data Protection Impact Assessment

Yesterday the Prime Minister said England will have a “world-beating” Covid 19 contact tracing system from June. Part of this system is the introduction of the NHS contact tracing app (“the Covid App”) which is currently being trialled on the Isle … Continue reading

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The NHS COVID 19 Contact Tracing App: Part 1

This is the first in a series of four blog posts, in which Susan Wolf and Lynn Wyeth, take a closer look at the government’s proposed NHS COVID 19 contact tracing app (COVID App) from different perspectives. On 12 April 2020, the UK Government announced that NHSX, a unit of … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus and Information Sharing: What are “vital interests” under GDPR?

During the current coronavirus pandemic, the health and social care sector as well as the emergency services are all providing an amazing service to those who are in need of urgent medical treatment. This will almost always require the sharing of personal data between organisations. Even during a pandemic, it is important to note that GDPR still … Continue reading

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GDPR and Coronavirus Community Support Groups

The outbreak of the coronavirus and the sad news about so many people dying everyday is changing all our lives dramatically. As many of us as are trying to come to terms with the ‘new normal’ of staying home and … Continue reading

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