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President of HDPA tempers position on thermometers!

The Head of the Hungarian Data Protection Authority in his interview made an announcement contrary to the Authority’s previous official position.

Unlike in Spring, in the current epidemiological situation in Hungary it is no longer disproportionate to implement body temperature measurement as a general measure, however, recording the results is still considered unjustifiable, because as health related data it would be considered a special category of personal data which should be especially protected.

The Head of the Hungarian Data Protection Authority in his interview made an announcement contrary to the Authority’s previous official position, that unlike in Spring, in the current epidemiological situation in Hungary it is no longer disproportionate to implement body temperature measurement as a general measure, however, recording the results is still considered unjustifiable, because as health related data it would be considered a special category of personal data which should be especially protected.

As a reminder, the Authority’s guidelines issued on 11 March 2020 and its confirmatory official position issued on 28 April 2020 considered disproportionate the requirement of screening tests with any diagnostic device (in particular, but not exclusively, with a thermometer), as the epidemiological situation in Spring did not warrant such measures.

The HDPA president’s statement did not affect the rest of the previously issued guidelines and official position, therefore all data processing in connection with the novel coronavirus epidemic such as body temperature measurement may only be introduced in the legitimate interest of the employer, substantiated by a proportionality test and the measurement shall be conducted by healthcare professionals or under their professional supervision under Article 9 (3) of the GDPR.

The Authority invariably requires employers to prefer measures which do not require the processing of personal data (basic hygiene, provision of disinfectants, adequate cleaning, provision of protective equipment, distance between workers).

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