Covid-19 tracking app must satisfy human rights and data laws

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Legal report states that interference with users’ privacy will require ‘greater justification’

The government’s plan to exit lockdown through a tracking app will need detailed justification to satisfy human rights and data protection laws, a report has warned.

A centralised system for contact tracing, which it is thought the government may well choose, would result in “significantly greater interference with users’ privacy and require greater justification”, the report – given as a legal opinion – concludes.

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