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Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Data protection – ICO guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published advice (available here) for organisations regarding the use of personal information as businesses begin to reopen; including six data protection steps for organisations (available here).

Overall, the ICO has confirmed that data protection does not prevent organisations from asking employees whether they are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms so long as the principles of the law are applied, including transparency, proportionality and fairness. Additionally, if these principles are applied, data protection will not prevent organisations from introducing appropriate testing. The guidance is intended to help organisations comply with these principles.

The six data protection steps include:

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