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Contact Trace App & Data Protection

Tuesday 12 May, 2020

As the government prepares to launch its new NHS contact trace app, old questions about privacy have come back into the light. The COVID-19 contact tracing app, currently on a trial run in the Isle of Man, allows for users to be alerted when a person they’ve come into contact with has contracted the coronavirus. Whilst it is an important system to combat the virus, the personal information needed for it to work can be sensitive.

Take a look at our partners WiredGov or their article on the topic and get an in-depth look on what ministers have to say:

COVID-19 contact tracing: data protection expectations on app development

As we are all aware with current situations and with a fast-growing digital age - GDPR is never over. Data is everywhere!


Want to learn about data protection and freedom of information in a government and public sector setting? Naomi Korn touches on this subject in her course and lightly in the video below or visit her course page; Privacy Challenges in 2020: Data Protection and FOI Training.


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