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Short Update: EU warns that people’s rights and data must be protected in the development of ‘contact-tracing’ apps

FairTrialsAdmin - May 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Rule of Law, Extended police powers

The EU Commission has warned that people’s rights and data must be protected in the development of ‘contact-tracing’ apps to combat coronavirus, and that there must be a common EU approach. 

The EU Parliament stressed that any digital measures against the pandemic must be in full compliance with data protection and privacy legislation, and that: 

  • the use of apps should not be obligatory; 

  • app data should not be stored in centralised databases (so authorities don’t have access); 

  • they should include sunset clauses so that they are no longer used once the pandemic is over; and  

  • States should make clear exactly how the apps work, as well as any special interests the app developers have. 

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