ICO Releases Data Protection Guide for Contact Tracing Apps

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Designers must be transparent about the benefits expected from the contact tracing app.

On the same day that the ICO appears before the Human Rights Joint Committee, the agency has released a data protection guide for the correct development of contract tracing applications.

The guidelines come in the form of a 10-step catalogue of principles that must be taken into account when constructing a contact tracing app or service.

Read This! Europe Publishes Contact-Tracing App Guidelines

Contact tracing is the process of slowing the spread of a virus during an epidemic by identifying anyone who might have come into contact with an infected person, and collecting further information about these contacts.

By tracing the contacts of infected individuals, testing them for infection and treating those affected, authorities can theoretically drastically reduce infections in a population.

The UK government and the NHS are developing an app to help

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