Coronavirus

NGOs threaten litigation over covid-19 data-sharing

A coordinated effort by nine European civil liberties organisations to force governments to protect privacy while sharing data to tackle covid-19 may lead to litigation.

08 June 2020

Deutsche Telekom and SAP coronavirus app wins over German data regulators

The designers of Germany’s contact-tracing app have labelled data protection concerns related to the app as “unfounded”, while the country’s data regulators have told GDR they are happy with the app’s privacy safeguards.

08 June 2020

Contact tracing principles

Taylor Wessing London partner Christopher Jeffery sets out the data protection principles that covid-19 contact tracing apps will need to follow.

05 June 2020

Regulators loom large over covid-19 data sharing efforts

European data protection authorities continue to play a significant watchdog role during the coronavirus pandemic, with Belgian and Dutch regulators chiding their governments’ data-sharing efforts and the Italian watchdog greenlighting its country’s contact tracing app.

02 June 2020

Lithuanian contact-tracing app suspended

Lithuania’s data authority has suspended the country’s covid-19 contact tracing app for failing to comply with the GDPR.

28 May 2020

Familiar issues stall US covid-19 privacy legislation

Democrats and Republicans have duelling covid-19 data bills in Congress, with the proposals differing on private rights of action and preemption – issues that have served as roadblocks to past efforts to implement comprehensive privacy legislation.

28 May 2020

Big data continues to shine during market rally

Big data has continued to outperform most other industries as markets rally from their March and April lows, with the cloud computing and cybersecurity sectors leading the way with double-digit gains on the year.

27 May 2020

Brazil’s LGPD could come into force on schedule after late-night vote

In another surprise turn of events, Brazil’s senate has amended its coronavirus relief package to have the country’s omnibus data privacy law come into force as originally scheduled.

20 May 2020

Feeling the heat: data protection considerations for commercial landlords regarding temperature testing

Following the peak of the covid-19 outbreak, commercial landlords may use temperature testing to keep workforces safe as they return to physical workplaces. Herbert Smith Freehills global data privacy head Miriam Everett, UK & EMEA real estate head Jeremy Walden and TMT associate Hannah Brown analyse the data protection implications.

19 May 2020

Brazilian House of Representatives votes to delay LGPD

Brazil’s lower house has voted to delay the LGPD – the latest move in a series of twists and turns that could see the data protection law postponed until August 2021.

18 May 2020

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