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COVID-19 Key considerations for data protection

COVID-19 Key considerations for data protection

In the context imposed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Data Protection Act, 2012 contains useful recommendations for proper protection of personal data, adapted to the new global challenges

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All companies are advised to implement specific measures (e.g. limiting travel and physical meetings, respecting hygiene measures and

working from home) to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, but must also treat with the utmost care the privacy and personal data of each individual.

The provisions of the Data Protection Act, 2012 on data privacy are not a hindrance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but amidst a critical health crisis period, companies are to ensure the protection of the personal data handled and processed in this context. 

All principles, Rights of data subjects and Exemptions under the Data Protection Act, 2012 (DPA) are applicable, especially the principles of lawful processing, minimality and purpose limitation.

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