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Data protection

Data protection law does not stand in the way of providing healthcare and the management of public health issues.

However, any measures taken must be necessary and proportionate. There are important considerations to take into account when handling personal and health data.

Data processing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 must ensure health and personal data are kept secure.

The identity of an affected staff member should not be disclosed. This includes to their colleagues or to third parties. This can only be done where there is a clear justification to do so.

As with all data processing, only the minimum necessary amount of data should be processed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

See guidance from the Data Protection Commission on implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Contact your local data protection officer if you have any queries or concerns around data processing and protection

Protecting personal data when working remotely

Measures to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 will involve more people working away from their usual office environment.

The Data Protection Commission has issued some tips to keep personal data safe when working away from the office.

If you have any queries or concerns in this regard contact your local data protection officer.

Related topic

Data Protection Office advice for remote workers

Page last reviewed: 23/03/2020
Next review due: 23/03/2023