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New warning on virus apps’ digital privacy safeguards

National authorities have actually currently launched or strategy to present contact-tracing apps throughout the EU, with the concept that these technologies make it much easier and quicker for health authorities to alert or discover those possibly exposed to the coronavirus.

Nevertheless, the human rights group Amnesty International cautioned on Monday (11 May) that using monitoring technologies to combat Covid-19 is, in a lot of cases, not compatible with international human rights requirements and might even lead to a more invasive digital monitoring state.

“Given that this level of digital tracing for public health is so novel, necessity and efficiency need to be proved,” stated Claudio Guarneri from Amnesty Tech, part of Amnesty International, including contact-tracing apps might posture a danger for privacy rights, be discriminatory and worsen social inequality.

This prospective reaction might motivate the approaching German EU’s council presidency in the second half of the year to resolve the absence of human right safeguards throughout member states when using tracing apps or any approaching technologies, along with when exporting monitoring technologies, Lena Rohrbach from Amnesty International Germany informed this website.

On The Other Hand, MEPs on the European Parliament’s committee on civil liberties cautioned recently that”whenever personal data is processed in the context of fighting Covid-19, data protection rules are indispensable”


Some member states have actually altered – either a little or substantially – their information defense guidelines to react to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hungary’s example

Previously this month, the Hungarian federal government suspended specific rights under the EU’s information defense guidelines up until completion of the state of emergency situation – which has no due date in Hungary.

As a result, NGO Gain Access To Now, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and Civil Liberties Union for Europe on Monday all called on the EU’s information defense guard dog to examine the compatibility of a Hungarian federal government decree-law and the EU information defense guidelines.

The Hungarian decree restricts the rights under Articles 15 to 22 of the General Data Defense Guideline (GDPR) connected to the processing of information carried out by both public and private entities for the battle versus the Covid-19

These consist of the right to gain access to individual information, the right to not go through profiling or the right to be forgotten.

In addition, the new guidelines develop time frame for the workout of solution rights, consisting of the right to lodge the right and a problem to a reliable judicial solution – which are ensured by Articles 77 to 79 of the GDPR.

“The decision by the Hungarian government to limit the application of data subjects’ rights is disproportionate, unjustified, and potentially harmful to the public’s response to fight the virus,” the 3 civil society organisations cautioned in a letter.

The head of the European Data Defense Manager, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, stated recently that information defense need to not end up being a problem to allowing digital options for a public health crisis.

“We have the moral responsibility to use the tools that we have on our hands to fight the pandemic, but we have also the responsibility to minimise the impact of these technologies on our fundamental rights,” Wiewiórowski stated.

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