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Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 76932, tabled on 20 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the potential effect of the implementation of covid-19 track and trace systems on the (a) protection and (b) use of personal data by businesses in the hospitality sector.

Answered on

2 September 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has been working closely with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to ensure that the development of test and trace systems, including customer, visitor and staff logs comply with data protection legislation. The ICO has published user-friendly guidance for organisations to ensure they notify individuals that their data is being collected; and that any information collected is limited to what is necessary, is not used for other purposes, is held securely and deleted after 21 days when no longer needed.

The guidance can be viewed on the ICO's website at: https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protection-and-coronavirus-information-hub/contact-tracing-protecting-customer-and-visitor-details/

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