Data protection when tracing COVID-19
In their communication "Tracking and tracing COVID:Protecting privacy and data while using apps and biometrics", the OECD are stating:
- Digital technologies, in particular mobile and biometric applications, are being adopted in innovative ways to improve the effectiveness of government front-line responses to COVID-19.
- Disclosures of personal information can allow the public to better identify potential COVID-19 infections and track the spread over time. However, current digital solutions for monitoring and containment have varying implications for privacy and data protection.
- Fully transparent and accountable privacy-preserving solutions should be embedded by design to balance the benefits and the risks associated with personal data collection, process and sharing. Data should be retained only for so long as is necessary to serve the specific purpose for which it was collected.
Where do you see the line between data/privacy protection and collecting information to contain the spread of the virus?