UK government may harness users’ mobile phone data to trace COVID-19 patients

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Emergency measures may be introduced by the UK government to trace the mobile phone data of those suspected to have contracted coronavirus.
Since the global pandemic, many countries have allowed authorities to trace individuals thought to be exposed in order to contain and track the spread, such as Israel and South Korea. Now the UK has outlined new emergency measures to tackle the spread under the proposed legislation, Coronavirus Bill.
Although the bill has no specific mention of using such data, it is possible that mobile phone tracing may fall under the outlined measures. Anticipating privacy concerns, Health Secretary Matt Hahcock suggested that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does not restrain the use of data for coronavirus response, stating that ”GDPR has a clause excepting work in the overwhelming public interest,”

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Fonte: GDPR, 26 mar. 2020

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