Italy Offers Guidance On COVID-19, Health Data And GDPR

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Italy, which is currently dealing with the most serious COVID-19 outbreak in Europe, weighs in on health data and GDPR .

Employers should NOT:

  • systematically collect (e.g. through specific requests to employees or unauthorized investigations) information on the presence of any flu symptoms or travel of employees or closest contacts.
This means do not:
  • collect information on movements and pathologies of employees, suppliers and visitors
  • take employees’ temperature or collect questionnaire answers
  • investigate travel, contacts, and health

Employers SHOULD:

  • give employees information about the disease, steps to take and applicable travel warnings
  • invite employees to report conditions
  • facilitate the procedures for making the reports (e.g. setting up dedicated channels)

Employers MAY:

  • make thermometers available for employees to self check in private
  • provide information for people who have been in high risk areas or exhibit symptoms

Employees SHOULD:

  • report to their employer any situation of danger to health and safety in the workplace
  • self-report if they have been in an area of contact
  • self-report to their healthcare provider
  • not endanger their colleagues if they are experiencing symptoms

Read the full guidance from Garante Per La Protezione Dei Data Personali.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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