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Information Commissioner questioned on contact tracing and right to privacy

30 April 2020

On Monday 4 May at 2.30pm the Joint Committee on Human Rights will be meeting remotely to take evidence from the Information Commissioner, academics and the CEO of NHSX to explore how the right to privacy (Article 8 ECHR) can be protected if a contact tracing app is introduced in the UK to track and slow the spread of the coronavirus.


Monday 4 May

At 2.30pm

  • Dr Orla Lynskey, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics
  • Dr Michael Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation, UCL
  • Elizabeth Denham CBE, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner's Officer
  • Simon McDougall, Executive Director - Technology and Innovation, Information Commissioner's Officer
  • Matthew Gould, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NHSX
  • Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director at National Cyber Security Centre

Purpose of the session

The Committee will be taking evidence on the human rights issues of the Covid contact tracing app, including:

  • How the app will work and if there any risks to privacy;
  • How and why data will be collected, stored and used and whether there are ways of holding individual users' data which are less intrusive than others;
  • What safeguards need to be in place to ensure that data collected by the app is kept secure from accidental data breaches; as well as the safeguards that are needed to ensure that personal data is only used for the purposes of minimising the spread of Covid-19 and that data is not used for other purposes;
  • How it will be ensured that the app is in compliance with human rights and in particular the right to private life;
  • Whether there is a need for new legislation to give people privacy protection when the app is released; and
  • How app notifications to stay at home would be enforced.

Further information

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