The Dutch Data Protection Authority recently published materials regarding the COVID-19 crisis, including recommendations and FAQs for employers, and recommendations for employees that emphasize that privacy must not be overlooked and the crisis should not become a prelude to a “Big Brother” society.
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The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Bulletin on sharing and protecting patients’ protected health information during the COVID-19 national emergency. The Bulletin emphasizes that HIPAA-covered entities may use or disclose patients’ PHI when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health and for other critical purposes.
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