This section of the GPA COVID-19 Response Repository features information on the new temporary Working Group on COVID-19 Related Privacy and Data Protection Issues. Here you’ll find regular updates on progress and information on initiatives for the GPA Membership community and wider audience.

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On 31 March 2021 the GPA Executive Committee published the Joint Statement on the use of health data for domestic and international travel purposes.

This Joint Statement was proposed to the Executive Committee by Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro, National Privacy Commission (NPC), Philippines, Chair of the GPA Working Group on COVID-19 related privacy and data protection issues, and drafted in collaboration with the working group members.

This landmark document, marks the first GPA Executive Committee Joint Statement published using the Joint Statement on emerging issues mechanism adopted by Resolution at the 42nd GPA 2020 Closed Session. The GPA effectively came together with a single voice on the COVID-19 pandemic’s issues of serious global common concern, and will be using such joint statements to give its common view on other emerging issues, COVID-19-focussed or otherwise, as they arise.

Privacy Commissioner, Raymund Enriquez Liboro, NPC, Philippines, Chair of the GPA COVID-19 Working Group commented:

“New modes of contact tracing are currently at play in domestic and international travel. As with all new technologies that involve sensitive data, comprehensive scrutiny must be done. Until then, maximum caution must be adopted and an openness to adopt new other measures must remain.

“The GPA issues this joint statement to help governments and businesses create and implement policy and technology standards that are one with the personal data protection and privacy principles of effectiveness, proportionality and necessity.”


While countries are still grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 while continuing to protect citizens’ personal data and privacy?

On 15 October 2020, at the 42nd GPA 2020 Conference, the GPA Membership adopted the Resolution on the Privacy and Data Protection Challenges arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic [ES] [FR], which established a new temporary Working Group with an initial mandate of one year.

The Working Group on COVID-19 Related Privacy and Data Protection Issues will continue the work of the GPA COVID-19 Taskforce to build and strengthen our collective capacity in responding to data protection and privacy issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, by:

  1. Considering, making recommendations for and coordinating the GPA’s responses on privacy and data protection issues arising in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the road to recovery, particularly those issues and priorities identified through the 2021 GPA COVID-19 survey;
  2. Engaging with GPA members and observers with a view to keeping the Compendium of Best Practices updated as new privacy and data protection issues emerge as part of the ongoing COVID-19 recovery response;
  3. Collaborating with relevant international organizations, networks and privacy advocates in strengthening the capacity of GPA members and observers and sharing of information on the other pressing issues identified through the 2021 GPA COVID-19 survey;  and
  4. Reporting on the progress of the Working Group, and the scope of any related considerations for future working arrangements, to the 2021 GPA Closed Session.

COVID-19 Working Group Chair

Raymund Liboro, Privacy Commissioner of the Philippines National Privacy Commission, is the Chair of the Working Group on COVID-19 related Privacy and Data Protection issues. Commissioner Liboro also chaired the COVID-19 Taskforce which has now completed its activity.

Find out more about the achievements of the GPA COVID-19 Taskforce 2020.

GPA Membership of the Working Group

Members of the Working Group on COVID-19 related Privacy and Data Protection Issues includes representatives from both GPA Members and Observers from the following countries and organisations:

Australia, Belgium, 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, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jersey, Macao, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, OECD Data Governance and Privacy Unit, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Senegal, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, UN Global Pulse, Uruguay, US Federal Trade Commission.

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