Norway Offers COVID-19 Data Privacy Guidance Related To Work, Health, E-learning

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This is not the time for strict enforcement of data protection. We are showing agility during this crisis.

  • Information that someone is infected with coronavirus is health information.
  • Information that someone has been quarantined or returned from a so-called “risk area” is not health information.
  • Employers should not disclose information that individual employees are infected or quarantined.
  •  For medical care by video, you must have a data processing agreement in place and conduct a DPIA. To this end, choose a video service which is recognized and can demonstrate that it will adequately protect your privacy.
  • The special regulations that apply to health personnel and protection against infection most likely provide sufficient legal basis under Art. 6 and 9 GDPR . To process health data under Art 9.2(g) [public interest], (h) [preventive or occupational medicine] or (i) [public health per state law] GDPR + additional provision in Norwegian law.
  • Try to ask before using solutions not previously approved by the school.
  • When use is done – delete all unnecessary information.

Read the full text of the guidance.

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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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