The European Data Protection Supervisor issued today orientations on the use of body temperature checks by Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (EUIs) in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting that a careful assessment and appropriate data protection safeguards are necessary.
Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, said: “Body temperature checks of employees and visitors, used as an additional measure in the fight against COVID-19, can be implemented through a variety of devices and processes that should be subject to careful assessment. Some of these processes are neutral while others may constitute an interference into individuals’ rights to private life and/or personal data protection. Basic manual body temperature checks are in principle not subject to the EU personal data protection law. The present orientations include a non-exhaustive list of technical and organisational recommendations to help EUIs and Data Protection Officers (DPOs) in meeting the requirements of EU data protection rules, where applicable”
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Body temperature checks by EU institutions: Careful assessment and data protection safeguards are necessary | European Data Protection Supervisor (europa.eu)