As part of the TrustArc Privacy Insight Series, TrustArc SVP, Privacy Intelligence and General Counsel, Hilary Wandall joined by Morrison & Foerster LLP Partner, Privacy and Data Security Christine Lyon, and Crosley Law Offices, LLC Co-Director, CLEAR Principal Stanley Crosley presented the webinar “COVID-19 – What are the Potential Impacts on Data Privacy?” this week. This blog post will give a brief summary of that webinar; you can listen to the entire webinar and download the slides here.

In these unprecedented times, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted lives, changing the way we work and communicate with one another. The panelists discussed: 

  • The potential impact to data privacy during this pandemic. Regulators have had to respond quickly to privacy issues pertaining to COVID-19 such as considering the legal basis for processing sensitive personal data relating to COVID-19, appropriate data sharing, data security considerations, and other challenges. 
  • Regulatory measures for protecting employees, students, customers and patients. Regulations that offer guidance to employers on how they are to handle employee health information are the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), EEOC “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace”, and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). For educational institutions, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides guidance to educators on how to respond appropriately to COVID-19 and sharing of information to public health departments. For protecting customers and patients, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and CARES Act offer guidance on data security. Links to these resources are available in the webinar slides.
  • The need to contain this virus which could involve tracking the virus using surveillance tools, which undoubtedly impacts privacy. Location data can be collected to monitor physical distancing and digital contact tracing. It is important for organizations to balance the value of this data to the organization and how this data benefits society as a whole, as well as, mitigating risks. 

Stay informed of COVID-19 updates and how it relates to data privacy with special resources and guidance provided through Research & Alerts – a solution designed to provide complete and instant insight into privacy compliance with global regulatory updates. Contact TrustArc today to see if you qualify for free access to Research & Alerts.

Join us for the next webinar in the Privacy Insight Series: “Privacy Frameworks: The Foundation for Every Privacy Program” with TrustArc Director, EU Policy and Strategy, Paul Breitbarth, Director, Privacy Intelligence Development, Joanne Furtsch, and Director of Research, Meaghan McCluskey on April 15th, 2020 at 9:00am PT. Register for the webinar here.

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