As an objective, the EC initiative also aims to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of Europeans, especially those regarding privacy and the protection of personal data, at a time when the General Data Protection Regulation celebrates almost two years of entry into force in Europe .
Europe is stronger when it acts together, Thierry Bretton, European Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market portfolio, said in a statement. With the recommendations, we adopted a coordinated European approach for the use of these applications and data without compromising our European Union privacy and data protection rules, avoiding the fragmentation of the internal market, he guarantees.
What do experts say about using data in a pandemic?
The use of data to combat COVID-19 has led to some controversy worldwide. More than 100 human rights, digital rights and civic liberties organizations have signed a joint statement in which they argue that the COVID-19 pandemic in the it should be used as an excuse to extend digital surveillance.
"An increase in state digital surveillance powers, such as gaining access to mobile phone location data, threatens privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association in ways that can violate rights and degrade trust in public authorities – harming the effectiveness of any response in matters of public health ", says the document that was also signed by the Portuguese D3 – Defense of Digital Rights, among other organizations such as Access Now, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, EDRi – European Digital RIghts.
In Portugal, the president of D3 -Defense of Digital Rights, says that the pandemic of COVID-19 "has exposed serious flaws in the state's technological infrastructure, to the point of jeopardizing our technological sovereignty", but warns that "the The most immediate danger to human rights lies in eventual concessions to more secular views that, under the pretense of fighting the epidemic, lead to the implementation of invasive population surveillance systems, without regard for human rights ", explains Eduardo Santos.