This section of the GPA COVID-19 Response Repository features information on the COVID-19 Taskforce, with a view to communicate regularly on progress and information on initiatives to the GPA Membership community and wider audience.
As countries begin to ease their coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, data protection and privacy authorities across the world are faced with a fundamental question: how can we enable governments’ responses to the pandemic and subsequent recovery whilst continuing to protect citizens’ personal data and privacy?
Recognising this challenge, the GPA Executive Committee convened for an extraordinary meeting on 23 April 2020, during which Committee members agreed to establish a COVID-19 Taskforce to drive practical responses to privacy issues emerging from the pandemic, as well as to assist its membership with insight, best practices and the delivery of capacity building activities, including through collaboration with relevant GPA networks and stakeholders.
Raymund Liboro, Privacy Commissioner of the Philippines National Privacy Commission and GPA’s Executive Committee member, will chair the GPA COVID-19 Taskforce.
Mr. Liboro said: “We have seen that personal data and technology have become essential in helping governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. From contact tracing and location tracking applications, to COVID-19 testing as people start going back to the workplace, data protection and privacy have never been more important.
“Our aim for this Taskforce is to examine current privacy concerns, while finding the right balance between supporting innovation to combat the pandemic and ensuring people’s personal data and information rights are respected. We will draw on the expertise of our membership and stakeholders to provide useful insight on common challenges.”
The Taskforce meets every two weeks to discuss the most strategic and pressing privacy issues that will require in-depth examination over the coming months.
- First meeting of the Taskforce – 26 May 2020
At the first meeting of the Taskforce, which coincided with Privacy Awareness week in the Asia-Pacific region, members agreed the Terms of Reference and Portfolio of the Taskforce and discussed the Matrix of Deliverables. It was agreed that a Survey of the GPA Membership would be undertaken to ascertain those issues of particular relevance in order to shape future Taskforce activities.
- Second Meeting of the Taskforce – 10 June 2020
This meeting discussed the structure of upcoming activities of the Taskforce, the allocation of tasks to the relevant Sub-Groups and agreed to establish a Webinar Series and a follow-up OECD-GPA Workshop. More details of these events to follow.
The GPA COVID-19 Taskforce Membership includes representatives from both GPA Members and Observers from the following countries and organisations:
Australia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Council of Europe, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, European Data Protection Supervisor, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, International Committee of the Red Cross, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Korea, Macao, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, OECD Data Governance and Privacy Unit, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, UN Global Pulse, Uruguay, US Federal Trade Commission.
- Webinar 1, July 6 2020 – “Contact Tracing & the Apple & Google solution. In conversation with the technical specialists”
- Webinar 2, July 23 2020 – “Enablers and Protectors: The Role of DPAs Confronting COVID-19 – Contact Tracing and the Recovery Response”
For enquiries related to the GPA COVID-19 Taskforce, please email the GPA Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org