On 15 April 2020, the OECD, with the support of the Global Privacy Assembly, ran an online workshop with the theme: Addressing the Data Governance and Privacy Challenges in the Fight against COVID-19. The objective was to discuss emerging trends and early lessons learned on:

  • How best to address data protection and privacy challenges in front-line responses to COVID-19;
  • How to facilitate data access and sharing between organisations including within the public sector and across jurisdictions to ensure that all relevant stakeholders have the information needed, while minimising potential risks to stakeholders; and
  • How to better inform and engage all stakeholders to build and reinforce data sharing partnerships and trust across society.

View the workshop’s agenda.

The event brought together internationally renowned speakers, experts in their respective fields, to debate these important issues, with more than 260 high-level international representatives attending. Active in implementing data protection and privacy approaches as part of the global COVID-19 pandemic response, these participants included GPA member authorities, data protection and privacy experts, representatives of civil society stakeholders, government, and technologists leading the charge on development of apps to address the crisis.

The debate used two OECD policy briefs and a recent GPA Executive Committee statement on the COVID-19 crisis as a backdrop to provide focus for the debate. Further materials for participants were produced by the OECD, and headlines from the workshop were also produced for GPA members. For more details about these, GPA members can contact the GPA Secretariat at secretariat@globalprivacyassembly.org

OECD policy briefs


Information on contact tracing apps arising from the event:

  • Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT) [EN]. The source code of one implementation of PEPP-PT is available here.
  • TraceTogether App, developed by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health [EN]
  • Information on Israel App HaMagen that is open source [EN]
  • Explanation of the DP-3T app [EN]
  • Funded by the Korean government: the Self-quarantine Safety App [EN]
  • Apple/Google Contact Tracing App [EN]

Additional resources are available on our Covid-19 resources library.