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Senate and House Democrats Introduce COVID-19 Privacy Bill Targeting Contact Tracing Apps

As privacy concerns grow about the data collected through contact tracing apps to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, a group of Democratic lawmakers is introducing a bill Thursday that aims to ensure that the data collected is protected from over-surveillance and abuse, according to a copy of the legislation seen by Morning Consult.

The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act — which is being introduced by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Mark Warner (Va.), as well as Reps. Anna Eshoo (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Suzan DelBene (Wash.) — would require that any data collected for public health purposes isn’t used for unrelated situations and is deleted by the companies within 60 days of the public health emergency ending.

You can read more in an article by Sam Sabin in the Morning Consult web site at: https://morningconsult.com/2020/05/14/covid-19-data-privacy-legislation-democrats/.

Categories: Legal Affairs, Online Privacy & Security

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