Your privacy is important to us.
Given the unprecedented nature of COVID 19, many would argue that the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 should not stand in the way of businesses as steps are taken to safeguard health and safety. However, sensitive health and travel information is being requested and homeworking is being rolled out which will inevitably present challenges from a data protection perspective.
Thankfully, the Information Commissioners Office in the UK (ICO) has issued a helpful Guidance note which should help to allay any fears that organisations will be penalised severely. The key takeaways are as follows:
In summary, a sensible and pragmatic approach will be adopted by the ICO which is a welcome relief.
Should you have any queries in relation to the above, please contact Aisling Byrne, Director