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U.K. Businesses Must Limit Virus Tracing Queries, Regulator Says

July 2, 2020, 6:50 PM

U.K. businesses should limit the coronavirus contact-tracing information they collect from customers in the next re-opening phase, the nation’s data regulator said.

Pubs, restaurants, and other businesses reopening in the U.K. should only request information such as names, times of arrival and how to contact people, according to guidance issued Thursday by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Businesses shouldn’t request proof of identity unless they do so as a standard practice such as at pubs. They should tell customers how they will use the data and may not use it for purposes such as marketing, the office said.

The guidance comes...

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