Statement in response to details about an NHSx contact tracing app to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic
An ICO spokesperson said:
“People must have trust and confidence in the way personal data is used to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The ICO also recognises the vital role that data can play in tracking the pandemic and the need to act urgently. We have been working with NHSX to help them ensure a high level of transparency and governance. We will continue to offer that support during the life of the app as it is developed, rolled out and when it is no longer needed.”
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has published a blog about the use of data in combatting COVID-19.
The ICO has published a formal Opinion setting out our current thinking on Google and Apple’s joint contact tracing initiative.