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Industry Updates

COVID-19, Data Protection and the Workplace

25 Jan 2021

As Ireland comes to grips with the third wave of the pandemic and increased community transmission, employers are considering what further measures they can put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 risk for their workforce and customers. Employee personal data, and in particular their health data, will often be core to such further measures. This is especially the case in connection with temperature testing, PCR tests, the roll out of vaccinations and the use of the COVID-19 tracker app. Here, we address key issues arising for employers in connection with such measures. We also outline the practical data protection issues associated with managing COVID-19 workplace outbreaks.

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