New privacy guidelines.
The EU wants contact tracing apps for tackling COVID-19 to be effective, secure and privacy-compliant. Its efforts have exposed how its existing rules on data are adapting (or not) to the extraordinary public health crisis.
- Fear of mass surveillance and data breaches will reduce public participation in tracer apps, casting doubts over their effectiveness.
- The EU’s digital strategy, notably in terms of reviewing the effectiveness of GDPR, may be rethought in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- If tracer apps are not inter-operable across national borders, lifting intra-EU travel restrictions will become harder.