European call for single coronavirus tracking system

    Posted on April 9, 2020

    The data protection watchdog for Europe has called for just one coronavirus app to be used throughout the European Union, as opposed to each nation creating its own.

    Many countries all over the world are currently developing coronavirus tracking apps, but a number of privacy advocates are now warning of the dangers and threats these apps may pose. The European Data Protection Supervisor explained that a single EU app built with strong data protection features may be the best solution when seeking to track the virus.

    The supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, said that the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) allows the processing of private and sensitive information when it is in the best interest of public health. He warned that national tools would not be the answer and that there is big responsibility when it comes to handling this kind of data.

    Wiewiórowski’s home country of Poland has come under criticism for a quarantine app that it has developed, which tracks the location of a user whilst they are in self-isolation. Over the Atlantic in the US, a digital rights organisation called the Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued its own warning that governments around the world are demanding more surveillance powers in a bid to try and contain the coronavirus. It also highlights the need to cease these powers once the pandemic comes to an end.

    It is believed that Ireland will be rolling out an app in the next couple of weeks on a voluntary basis, and the UK is considering its own options now that it has formally left the EU.

    Wiewiórowski said that his office knows that many EU nations are in the process of developing mobile apps, and taking differing approaches. Wiewiórowski highlights that some use Bluetooth for contact tracking and points out that this seems to be a useful path. He does, however, believe that a single app should be coordinated within Europe.

    He would also like the World Health Organization to be involved in its development and explained that any measures that involve public data should only be temporary, limited in their purpose, have restricted access and have a purpose.

    Since the UK is no longer part of the EU, it is not subject to any EU initiative, but Wiewiórowski says that his office is in consultation with UK authorities as well as others from the US, New Zealand and Latin America.

    UK health officials have confirmed that they were exploring the idea of an app and would only act on advice from the government’s scientific advisors, who believe that location tracking can play a vital role. They also believe that no-one should be forced to sign up to anything.

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    Posted by Alan Littler

    Over a third of SMEs think GDPR doesn’t apply to them

    Posted on March 6, 2020

    The May 2018 introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may now seem a distant memory, but a survey from the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) indicates that small businesses’ knowledge and application of the legislation is still not at the levels it should be.

    Commenting on the findings of the ‘SMBs and GDPR’ report released (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Are hundreds of UK councils in breach of GDPR?

    Posted on February 6, 2020

    An investigation has shown that over 400 UK councils and local authorities are sharing information about their websites’ visitors, prompting its authors to call for greater enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    The ‘Surveillance on UK council websites’ report was compiled by browser and software company Brave, and claims that councils are allowing (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    What can we expect from a post-Brexit internet?

    Posted on February 3, 2020

    So, it’s happened. Three and a half years after the 2016 referendum, Britain has left the European Union and now enters what is being called a “transition” period expected to last until the end of 2020.

    We’ve all argued until we’re red, white and blue in the face about whether or not it was the right decision, but the time has now come to (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Three important steps you can take on Data Privacy Day

    Posted on January 28, 2020

    Of all the fun and novelty days on the calendar, Data Privacy Day may not be one to set the pulse racing, but with cybercrime growing by the year and a recent report making some damning conclusions about the general public’s online security practices, it might well be one of the most important.

    Marked every year on January 28, the day was set up by (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Twitter postpones account purge

    Posted on November 28, 2019

    Less than 24 hours after announcing plans for a mass purge of the site, microblogging site Twitter has revealed that it will pause its actions following (more…)

    Posted by Alan Littler

    Less than a third of firms are GDPR compliant

    Posted on September 27, 2019

    A report from the Capgemini Research Institute has found that 16 months on from the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) introduction, only 28% of enterprises are complying with it.

    In a report titled ‘Championing Data Protection and Privacy – a Source of Competitive Advantage in the Digital Century’, more than 1,000 executives from 10 different countries were surveyed. Researchers compared (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Facebook to pay record fine to resolve privacy concerns

    Posted on July 30, 2019

    According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA, social networking company Facebook is to pay a record fine of (more…)

    Posted by Alan Littler
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