EU bodies commit to protect privacy in contact-tracing apps

The European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski have renewed their cooperation agreement to strengthen privacy and data protection across the 27-member trading bloc.

The commitment comes as more countries introduce contact-tracing apps in the battle against coronavirus.

The FRA and Wiewiórowski argue that respect for fundamental rights, including privacy and data protection, has to be centre stage for tracing apps to be a success.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the bodies say they have been highlighting the importance of transparent, secure and voluntary use of technology to help curb the spread of the virus.

The FRA has called for contact-tracing apps to be introduced with a clear basis in law and collected data only being used for the intended purpose.

“There’s no doubt that technology can play a vital role in our lives. But it has to be used correctly, respecting people’s fundamental rights and data protection principles,” said FRA’s director Michael O’Flaherty.”


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