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Public safety v. privacy: the covid-19 tracing apps conundrum

Covid-19 tracing apps are still under development in many countries all around the world, and are rising issues in relation to the precarious balance between upholding privacy of the individuals and benefits to public health.

We will discuss this very interesting and actual topic with prominent speakers from the Norwegian and Australian DPAs, and we’ll also comment an interview of the tech company that developed the South Korean app with our legal experts from Australia, Israel, Singapore and Belgium. No doubt, countries have gone different ways: in Australia the covid-19 tracing app has been generally welcomed by the population; in Israel the Services are authorized to track contacts of covid-19 patients even in the 14 days preceding their diagnosis; Singapore was among the first countries to implement such measures with positive results on the prevention side, though collecting a lot of personal data; while Belgium, like any other EU member state, had to balance the national pandemic situation with the EU GDPR and national DPA requirements applicable to this technology.

Click below to register for this free event, know more about this fascinating topic and interact with our experts in the Q&A session!

The webinar will be moderated by our Australian expert Kelly Dickson from Macpherson Kelley together with two guest speakers, Susanne Lie, senior legal adviser at the Norwegian Datatilsynet, a representative of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (TBC) and three other PrivacyRules experts, Ruth Ng from Taylor Vinters Via LLC in Singapore, Haim Ravia from Pearl Cohen in Israel and Geert Somers from Timelex in Belgium.

Key topics:

  • Comparison of how the COVID-19 tracing apps have been developed and operate in select different countries
  • Key priorities and concerns for DPAs: what they have been (and are)
  • The precarious balance between upholding the privacy of the individual vs the potential benefits to public health
  • How the tracing apps have been perceived and accepted by data subjects in those jurisdictions
  • Whether these tracing apps open the door for other forms of tracking and tracing into the future
  • Programming and developing a tracing app: the tech industry perspective

Who should watch this webinar?

Privacy policymakers, DPA officials, competent ministry officials, data protection officers, lawyers and other advisers in the area of data protection, compliance and cyber security, think tanks, academic researchers, strategic analysts, elected representatives, cybersecurity professionals.

The recording is now available here