“I am pleased that the app being launched this month is supported by the necessary consideration of people’s data protection rights.
“The Department for Health and Social Care has engaged with my office from the start of this project, answering our questions on transparency, legality and fairness, making changes in response to our feedback, and appreciating the value of data protection in encouraging public trust and support.
“We are in unprecedented times, and as a regulator it is my responsibility to both protect people’s privacy rights and take a pragmatic approach to enabling tech innovation to respond to the challenges prompted by COVID-19.
“Our regulatory role does not end here. We will respond to any changes to the app’s functionality, and will also audit the Test & Trace ecosystem.”
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Statement from Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham on the NHS COVID-19 app
Statement given by the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham on the NHS COVID-19 app.
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