Returning to work: Covid-19 and the UK data protection perspective

Nicola Fulford and Hannah Jackson of Hogan Lovells report on the data protection aspects organisations should consider with regard to coronavirus testing and processing of health data.

Individually, many of us use data to track our progress – from fitness gains to home energy consumption; we watch information about our lives and use it to inform our activities. On a larger scale, numerous organisations have made significant investments in data analytics capabilities, and at a state level, a vast quantity of information about populations is used to direct public policy. It is not unreasonable, therefore, to assume that a return to “normality” in the context of Covid-19 will follow a similar pattern, with individuals, commercial entities and the public sector processing a wide variety of data to help make a range of decisions.

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