Data Protection vs Pandemic Tracking and Measurements

By: Sonny Zulhuda

During this global Pandemic, states, businesses and organisations collect personal information of people for the purpose of tracking and identifying the spread of the pandemic.

For this purpose in Malaysia, some tracker apps are developed and the Government makes it mandatory for business outlets to collect personal data of people.

Concerns arise on how this data collection and processing trigger the legal provisions of the Personal Data Protection law in Malaysia. Several questions are of particular concern;

Are personal data put at risks? What are those risks? Is there any rule or exception relating to the data processing pertaining to the handling of the pandemic? What will be the best practices to be complied with by data users? How are these issues of data protection affecting German society and implicating the German laws?

This discussion is brought by two speakers, one from Malaysian perspective and the other from the German experience. Myself and Prof. Michael Bohne from Dortmund University of Applied Sciences speak at this International Webinar Lecture Series on Law and Commerce. This Webinar is a collaboration between Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Bundeswhr University Munich and Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.

My presentation slides can be downloaded here >> DOWNLOAD SLIDES.

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