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Data-driven approaches to Covid-19 & Data Protection Law (DPL X Covid 19)

The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent initiatives and policy measures trigger many crucial privacy and data protection law issues. Many of them are of direct interest for LSTS researchers, most notably in the context of:

In the following sections we aim to share useful resources on these matters. If you have suggestions for content, please get in touch with Laura Drechsler (

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LSTS resources

Articles, commentaries and blogposts

  • Docksey, Christopher and Christopher Kuner, 'The Coronavirus Crisis and EU Adequacy Decisions for Data Transfers', European Law Blog (3 April 2020): click here.
  • Comande, Giovanni, Denise Amram and Gianclaudio Malgieri:
    • 'Raccogliere piu dati si puo: c'e la legge', Corriere della Sera (4 April 2020): click here (Twitter link).
    • 'The democracy of emergency at the time of the coronavirus: the virtues of privacy', Opinio Juris in comparatione, preprint (April 2020): click here.
  • González Fuster, Gloria and Mireille Hildebrandt:
    • 'Opinion: Fundamental Rights More Important Than Ever', VUB Today (9 April 2020): click here.
    •  'Bescherming van persoonsgegevens is nu meer dan ooit nodig', Knack (9 April 2020): click here.
  • Kuner, Christopher, 'Data crossing borders: Data Sharing and Protection in Times of Coronavirus', Verfassungsblog (15 April 2020): click here.
  • van Brakel, Rosamunde, 'Mensen zijn niet happig op invasieve surveillance', (16 April 2020): click here.
  • van Brakel, Rosamunde and Paul de Hert, 'We evolueren niet per se naa een politiestaat, maar wel blijven opletten', DeMorgen (20 April 2020): click here.

Events (past and forthcoming in chronological order, including recordings, slides or transcripts)

  • Online Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2020: Confronting the new Challenges, Brussels Privacy Hub (22-26 June 2020): click here.
  • Mireille Hildebrandt and Gloria González Fuster on the continuing challenge of AI & Data Protection Law in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis, VUB AI Webinar Series: AI & Data-driven Solutions amid the COVID-19 Crisis (20 May 2020): click here
  • Gianclaudio Malgieri on 'Contact tracing: la tecnologia contro il Covid-19', Trentino Startup (8 May 2020): click here.
  • Sara Mendes Roda on 'Digital Rights and Data Protection at the age of coronavirus', PANELFIT Monthly Chat (6 May 2020): click here.
  • Gloria González Fuster on Privacy and individual liberties in the COVID-19 crisis, Mexico-EU Dialogue Think Tanks - Online Dialogues Series by the Delegation of the European Union to Mexico  (5 May 2020): click here.
  • Mireille Hildebrandt on Corona-virus tracking apps and the APPLE GOOGLE move, Radboud University (1 May 2020): click here.
  • Gianclaudio Malgieri on 'La verità, vi prego, su privacy e App Covid-19', LiderLab - Dirpolis, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (30 April 2020): click here and for the recorded video here (Youtube link).

Mentions in the news

  • González Fuster, Gloria in: Pérez Colomé, Jordi, “¿Quieres volver al fútbol? Bájate esta app”. Los sistemas de rastreo que España aún no debate, EL PAÍS (5 May 2020): click here.

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Observatories and repositories

General resources

  • Baker McKenzie, 'Covid-19 - Data Privacy & Security Survey' (13 March 2020): click here (pdf).
  • Balboni, Paolo, ' “Public health AND Privacy” and not “Public health OR Privacy”: A collection of Guidance on COVID-19', Paolo Balboni - ICT, Privacy and Data Science (26 March 2020): click here.
  • BIRN Investigative Resource Desk, 'Digital Rights in the Time of COVID-19': click here.
  • Dentons, 'COVID-19: Data Privacy Analysis – Country Guides': click here.
  • EDRi, 'COVID-19 & Digital Rights: Document Pool' (since 4 May 2020): click here.
  • European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID), 'Resources on data protection in the Corona crisis': click here.
  • Future of Privacy Forum, 'COVID-19: Privacy & Data Protection Resources': click here.
  • Global Privacy Assembly, 'Data protection and Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources': click here.
  • Hogan Lovells, 'Coronavirus and data protection Guidance by data protection authorities': click here (pdf).
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth, 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center - Privacy and Cybersecurity Pandemic Resource Center': click here.
  • IAPP, 'DPA guidance on COVID-19': click here.
  • noyb/GDPRHub, 'Data Protection under COVID-19 ', click here;
  • Wilson Sonsini, 'COVID-19 Client Advisory Resource' click here.
  • Woodhams, Samuel, 'COVID-19 Digital Rights Tracker', Top10VPN: click here.

Series of posts

  • - Blog zu Datenschutz und Datensicherheit der KINAST Rechtsanwälte / - Data security and data protection blog of KINAST Attorneys at Law, 'Themenreihe Datenschutz und Corona / Series on Data Protection and Corona' : click here for (DE) and (EN).
  • Future of Privacy Forum, 'Privacy and Pandemics' (since 10 March 2020): click here.
  • Forum Privatheit, 'Corona-Tracing | Ein Blog des Forum Privatheit' (since 12 April 2020): click here.

COVID-19 response (Apps, projects and other government measures)

  • AAL programme, 'AAL Solutions Supporting Older Adults during the Coronavirus Outbreak': click here.
  • Council of Europe, 'Contact Tracing Apps': click here.
  • EGSA, 'GNSS Apps for COVID-19 response': click here.
  • European Commission - DIGIT/ Joinup, 'Digital Response to COVIID-19': click here.
  • European mHealth Hub, 'mHealth solutions for managing the COVID-19 outbreak': click here.
  • European eHealth Hub platform, Repository: click here.
  • FS0C131Y, 'Covid19 Tracker Apps': click here.
  • Future of Privacy Forum, 'Privacy & Pandemics: The Role of Mobile Apps (Chart)' (April 2020): click here (pdf).
  • MIT Technology Review, 'COVID Tracing Tracker': click here; MIT Technology Review COVID Tracing Tracker DB: click here (Google Spreadsheet).
  • MyData Global:
    • COVID-19 App List: click here (public Trello group);
    • AppAssay project: click here.
  • noyb/GDPRHub, 'Projects using personal data to combat SARS-CoV-2', click here.
  • OCHA Services, 'ACAPS COVID-19: Government Measures Dataset': click here.
  • Open Government Partnership, 'Collecting Open Government Approaches to COVID-19': click here.
  • Oxford HCC, 'COVID-19 Apps & Systems': click here.
  • list of apps: click here.
  • Privacy International, 'Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19': click here.
  • Wikipedia, 'COVID-19 apps': click here.


  • Agrawal, Aditi, 'Keeping track of surveillance in the time of coronavirus', Medianama (23 March 2020): click here.
  • Gershgorn, Dave, 'We Mapped How the Coronavirus Is Driving New Surveillance Programs Around the World', OneZero Medium: click here.
  • Pandemic Big Brother, 'The pandemic gives new opportunities to Big Brother': click here.


  • Bird&Bird, 'COVID-19 & Privacy & Data Protection chart' (4 April 2020): click here.
  • Dentons, 'COVID-19 Global Labor & Employment Tracker': click here

Student privacy

  • Jones, Kyle M. L., 'COVID-19/Coronavirus and Student Privacy' (fully public Zotero Group): click here.

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