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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: LfDI Mecklenburg-Vorpommern finds testing in care homes privacy-compliant

The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ('LfDI Mecklenburg-Vorpommern') published, on 8 May 2020, a statement ('the Statement') in which it found that the planned testing for COVID-19 ('Coronavirus') in care homes is compliant with data protection requirements. In particular, the LfDI Mecklenburg-Vorpommern held that health, especially for the most vulnerable groups of society and the specialists who have been working for and caring for them would be extremely important but that at the same time, personal rights and data protection should not be completely disregarded. Moreover the LfDI Mecklenburg-Vorpommern stated that for this reason, it accompanied the project immediately and intensively and can now agree to the start of the test series, since it is ensured that the tests are voluntary. In addition the LfDI Mecklenburg-Vorpommern found that the data protection rights of nursing staff and residents are respected and liability issues have been clarified.

You can read the Statement, only available in German, here