Coronavirus

Alphabet’s Q1 financial results portend 2020 adtech slowdown

Google and YouTube saw steep drop-offs in revenue after covid-19 was declared a global pandemic, suggesting that 2020 could be a rocky year for companies with targeted advertising-based business models.

29 April 2020

Trace to the finish? Data concerns on contact-tracing apps

King & Spalding’s Kim Roberts examines issues raised by the rapid deployment of covid-19 contact tracing apps.

29 April 2020

Covid-19: Slovenian court to rule on constitutionality of data collection

Slovenia’s Constitutional Court is set to hear a challenge to an emergency coronavirus measure that authorises mass gathering of personal data.

27 April 2020

Covid-19: Brazilian court suspends government’s collection of telecoms data

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court has suspended government plans to collect up to 226 million residents’ data in order to conduct an economic survey in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.

27 April 2020

Sophie in ‘t Veld: legislation needed to end covid-19 data sharing

MEP and data privacy advocate Sophie in ‘t Veld explains her concerns over the sharing of personal data to help tackle the covid-19 crisis.

27 April 2020

Covid-19: Watchdog threatens fines for employee temperature checks

The Dutch data protection authority has threatened to impose fines on employers that check the body temperature of their staff – saying they cannot carry out such checks under any circumstances.

24 April 2020

Big data weathers the economic storm

Data-driven companies have mostly outperformed the market during the economic shutdown, with cloud computing leading the way and posting modest gains thus far in 2020.

23 April 2020

Covid-19 prompts data enforcement slowdown

Data regulators are backing off from enforcement and relaxing stances on tough issues like data sharing in order to let data holders focus resources towards the covid-19 crisis.

22 April 2020

Wiewiórowski: Europe must use data together to fight covid-19

European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski tells GDR how European institutions are working together to leverage data to tackle the covid-19 pandemic.

22 April 2020

Edtech privacy rules cover more than classroom learning, expert warns

The proliferation of online schooling during the covid-19 crisis has put the spotlight on how edtech is delivered, but schools need to make sure that meals, counseling and other services are also delivered in a privacy-protected manner, a student privacy expert has warned.

22 April 2020

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