Ahead of some sectors returning to work in the coming days and weeks, the ICO have published Q&As on their coronavirus website hub, in addition to other information regarding coronavirus pandemic and data protection.

It is important to note that by carrying out workplace testing, businesses will be processing information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. That said, it is imperative that the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 and complied with. That means handling it lawfully, fairly and transparently. Personal data that relates to health is more sensitive and is classed as ‘special category data’ so it must be even more carefully protected.

The hub contains advice for individuals about how and when organisations can use their data during the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep data safe, as well as tips for community groups, business owners and organisations that are using people’s data during the coronavirus pandemic.

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