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Rethinc. Labs — Data Privacy in the Era of COVID 19 — Approaches to Privacy: The EU vs. the U.S.

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The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted governments—as well as public and private organizations—to adopt protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus and to mitigate its effects. Included in these measures are the processing of information on the movement of employees and suppliers, as well as sensitive health data. UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor of Finance Eric Ghysels leads a discussion examining the differences in data protection laws in the United States and in the European Union (EU). The panel addresses questions as to how we should address the trade-offs of personal privacy protections versus issues of public health, how current data protection laws address these issues and what a re-imagining of these regulations might look like moving forward. Panelists include Information Technology Foundation Vice President and Director of ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation Daniel Castro and Head of Technology and Privacy at the European Data Protection Supervisor’s Office Thomas Zerdick.

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