GDPR Community Opinion Question Results (23 - 30/05/20)

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

This week we asked the community for their opinion in a poll posted on our Linkedin company page. The question was, "How comfortable are you with your data (including your location) being used to address the spread of Coronavirus with Contact Tracing apps?"

The poll was launched on the 23/05/20 and had a total run time of one week ending on 30/05/20.

There was a total of 55 respondents.

The results were as follows:

  • Very Comfortable = 04%

  • Comfortable = 15%

  • Uncomfortable = 25%

  • Very Uncomfortable = 56%

The majority of the correspondent's (more than half of all respondents) voted 'Very Uncomfortable' which highlights the concern of data being used to help address the spread of Coronavirus.

This week's questions can be found here. Please submit your vote and get involved.

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Views from the Community

We reached out to the community for their views and to ask the reason for their vote. We had the following valuable insights to share,

Emma Campbell,

Project Lead/Ops & Governance Support at Vestige Healthcare Group Ltd

Voted: Very Uncomfortable

"I think it's a huge invasion of my privacy. I will not be using the track and trace app at all as I am not confident about the way in which my data will be used and stored. I dont like the thought of been tracked 24/7 and don't know enough about the privacy of the app to want to use it."

Chan Bath,

Risk Manager at National Grid

Voted: Very Uncomfortable

"It’s scary to think of the government being able to track you all the time. Once the data is used it’s hard for them (government, police, private businesses etc) not to continue to use it.

It becomes the basis and use of many other “beneficial” purposes that wasn’t its original intended use. Couple that with the fact that there’s no evidence of the apps being successful, the trade-off for privacy, in my opinion, does not seem appropriate.

Limited information on how apps are developed and will collect/store data and for how long, again remove control away from the owner.

In a perfect world, the app would stop the spread and the data would not be used for any other purpose. Unfortunately, in reality, I believe it will be more complicated. I do not intend on using the apps for as long as it’s reasonably possible and continue to follow sensible social distance practices. Like many changes, society will adapt, this one will be considered an example of the “new normal”..."

Edina Csics,

GDPR pro -Data Protection consultant (CIPM, CIPT)

Voted: Very Uncomfortable

"Because it has not been proven to be effective be proportionate serve its purpose be safe to use from a data protection point of view. it's not been proven that it won't be used for other purposes than what had been said.

The essential concerns I have with the points I mentioned:

not effective and may not serve its purpose: not all people will download it (eg. elderly people being the most sensitive group or data protection minded people), how about sleeping in an apartment house in close proximity with your neighbour but with a wall between you, how about false positives/negatives, etc.

proportionate: I dont know for how long and what data are to be retained

safe from DP pov: I dont know who will have access to my data, where it will be kept, will it be linked anyhow with my identity, how my data subject rights could be exercised, what control I'd have, etc"

Anonymous Respondent,

GDPR Community Opinion Respondent

Voted: Very Uncomfortable

"I think however if the due diligence was done properly I’m not sure that I would have too much of an issue with it. Our data is already ‘out there’ in other forms of (social) media once we choose to use it!"