07/04/2020. European Parliament. Press release:  A “reassuring message” regarding the use of smartphone data to manage COVID-19 must respect EU data protection rules.

  • The Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee said: “Even in these exceptional times, the EU’s data protection principles, namely the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) and the e-Privacy Directive, must continue to apply and be respected”. He underlined that “the Civil Liberties Committee is following these developments closely because of the serious risks that such tools may imply for an individual’s fundamental rights to a private life and data protection.”
  • “The European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Data Protection Board have stressed that as long as the information shared with national authorities is anonymised and does not allow for individuals to be identified in any way, it can be used. However, strong security measures regarding the use, access and storage of the information as well as strict retention periods must be implemented”
  • National data protection authorities remain fully competent to supervise these processing activities and to enforce EU data protection law

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