During the COVID-19 pandemic, data privacy – and, in particular, employee data privacy – has been at the forefront of employers’ minds. In the last six months, employers across the globe have been required to give careful thought to a whole host of potential issues, from contact tracing apps to temperature and other health checks
COVID-19 Tracing App Released in Germany
By Ana Hadnes Bruder & Dr. Ulrich Worm on
Posted in EU / EEA, GDPR, Healthcare
On 16 June 2020, the “Corona-Warn-App” (“the App”) was released by the Federal German government. The tracing App, which uses Bluetooth technology, records which smartphones have come close to each other. If a user has tested positive and has shared this in the App, it will subsequently notify other users that they have been near…
Email and Internet in the Workplace—Guidelines from the German Data Protection Conference
Posted in EU / EEA, Privacy / Data Protection
The conference of the independent federal and state data protection authorities in Germany (“Data Protection Conference”) has published guidelines for employers on the limits of control of email and other Internet services in the workplace on January 27, 2016. Within these guidelines, the data protectionists emphasize their restrictive position regarding the employer’s control rights.