The European Data Protection Board, the EU body supervising national privacy watchdogs across the bloc, said in a statement that “it is in the interest of humanity to curb the spread of diseases and to use modern techniques in the fight against scourges affecting great parts of the world.”
Still, while an emergency such as the EU is facing at the moment may “legitimize restrictions of freedoms provided,” data protection authorities must ensure such limits “are proportionate and limited to the emergency period,” the EDPB said.
The guidance comes as governments including Italy and Austria have are starting to use
The tracking technology, developed by Invenium Data Insights GmbH in Austria’s southern city of Graz, was previously used to analyze travel patterns.
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