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Elizabeth Denham, Chair of the Global Privacy Assembly and UK Information Commissioner, will speaking at the Data Protection in the Time of COVID-19 online event hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on 3 June 2020.

For the release of the ICRC’s second edition of the Data Protection Handbook for Humanitarian Action, the ICRC has convened a panel of experts to discuss how, in today’s technological landscape, data protection is a more essential concern than ever. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact societies worldwide, contact tracing apps are being developed in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. While arguably effective in this sense, such technologies also pose important questions regarding the relationship between public health, data protection and privacy.

The event brings together specialists from the humanitarian, new tech, academic, legal, data protection and health sectors. The objective is to look at the dilemmas that an increasing digitalization of the COVID-19 crisis can bring, and at what measures can be taken to ensure that technology is a relevant contributor to the fight against the pandemic, not an additional risk factor.

For more information, visit the ICRC’s website.