Daily Digest (5/18)

TSA to Check Passenger Temperatures at Airports Amid COVID Concerns; Democrats Propose Public Health Emergency Privacy Act; Nova Scotia Breach Exposes Names, Medical Conditions, Other Data; Turkish Data Privacy Agency Fines Amazon Unit $273,000 for Cookie Violations. Click “Continue Reading” below.

TSA to Check Passenger Temperatures at Airports Amid COVID Concerns 

U.S. officials are preparing to begin checking passenger temperatures at nearly a dozen airports as soon as this week, as the coronavirus pandemic has heightened anxieties about travel, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Details were being completed late Friday and were subject to change, the Journal said, citing “people familiar with the matter.” The newspaper could not determine which airports initially would have the new scanning procedures.

A senior White House official told the Journal that the initial rollout was expected to cost less than $20 million, adding that passengers would not be charged additional fees.

Airlines have been lobbying the Transportation Security Administration to start taking passenger temperatures to keep potentially sick people from boarding planes and to make passengers feel more comfortable taking trips again, the Journal reports.

The TSA ran a weeklong pilot of temperature checks at Washington Dulles International Airport in April, White House officials said.

Source (external link): TSA Preparing to Check Passenger Temperatures at Airports Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Democrats Propose Public Health Emergency Privacy Act

Democrats from the Senate and House of Representatives last week introduced the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act, following Senate Republicans’ proposing the COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act on April 30.

The latest legislation seeks to provide safeguards for health data during the coronavirus pandemic and regulate the use of the information with contact-tracing technologies.

The bill was sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., along with Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.

“Americans are rightly skeptical that their sensitive health data will be kept safe and secure, and as a result, they’re reluctant to participate in contact-tracing programs essential to halt the spread of this disease,” Blumenthal told CNBC on Thursday, saying the bill’s “commitment to civil liberties is an investment in our public health.”

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Nova Scotia Breach Exposes Names, Medical Conditions, Other Data

The Nova Scotia government in Canada is saying little about a data breach that has laid bare information from the Workers’ Compensation Board that includes appellate decisions and workers’ personal information.

The decisions of the 1998–2009 Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal were posted on the Canadian Legal Information Institute website, including names, employers and health information, CBC News reports.

The documents have since been removed. The tribunal’s officials say they are following the province’s privacy breach protocol.

A representative for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia told CBC News that the office had been notified and that “all breaches of privacy are concerning to us.”

Source (external link):
Latest NS privacy breach reveals names, medical conditions, sexual abuse details

Turkish Data Privacy Agency Fines Amazon Unit $273,000 for Cookie Violations

The Turkish Data Protection Authority has fined Amazon Turkey $273,435 for violating its electronic messaging- and cookie-use policies, the first fine of its kind in Turkey.

The authority said Amazon sent commercial electronic messages to users and transferred personal data without explicit user consent and failed to provide information on data processing with cookies, as required by law, MET News reports.

Amazon Turkey now must update its privacy statement, terms of use and cookie notices.

Source (external link): Turkish DPA’s landmark Amazon Turkey Ruling

By DPN Staff