European Data Protection Board Covid-19 app

16 Aprile 2020

Following a request for consultation from the European Commission, the #European #Data #Protection #Board adopted a letter concerning the European Commission’s draft Guidance on apps supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The #EDPB addresses the use of #app for the contact tracing and warning functionality, because this is where increased attention must be paid in order to minimise interferences with #private life while still allowing data processing with the goal of preserving public health.
The EDPB considers that the development of the apps should be made in an accountable way, documenting with a #DataProtectionImpactAssessment #DPIA all the implemented #privacybydesign and #privacybydefault mechanisms. In addition, the source code should be made publicly available for the widest possible scrutiny by the scientific community.

The EDPB strongly supports the Commission’s proposal for a #voluntary adoption of such apps, a #choice that should be made by individuals as a token of #collectiveresponsibility.
Finally, the EDPB underlined the need for the Board and its Members, in charge of advising and ensuring the correct application of the #GDPR and the #EPrivacy Directive, to be fully involved in the whole process of elaboration and implementation of these measures. The EDPB recalls that it intends to publish #Guidelines in the upcoming days on #geolocation and tracing tools in the context of the #COVID-19 out-break

The EDPB’s letter is available here:
The agenda of the 21th plenary session is available here: