Digital Contact Tracing for the COVID-19 Epidemic: A Business and Human Rights Perspective

22 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2020 Last revised: 1 Oct 2020

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Theodora A Christou

LSE; Queen Mary University of London; UNICAF

Maria Pia Sacco

International Bar Association

Anurag Bana

International Bar Association

Date Written: June 4, 2020

Abstract

This report looks at COVID-19 pandemic responses, focusing on the contact tracing apps from a business and human rights perspective. It sets out the human rights criteria when either interfering with the private life of individuals under the ordinary limitations of the right, and also when states choose to derogate having declared a state of emergency. The key tests remain the same: legality, necessity, and proportionality.

Keywords: human rights, privacy, technology, COVID-19, international law, derogation, state of emergency, right to private life, freedom of movement

Suggested Citation

Christou, Theodora and Christou, Theodora and Sacco, Maria Pia and Bana, Anurag, Digital Contact Tracing for the COVID-19 Epidemic: A Business and Human Rights Perspective (June 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3618958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3618958

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Maria Pia Sacco

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Anurag Bana

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