Support Centre

Portugal: CNPD issues response to parliamentary questions on measuring workers' temperature

The Portuguese data protection authority ('CNPD') issued, on 12 May 2020, its response ('the Response') to parliamentary questions regarding its guidelines on measuring workers' temperature ('the Guidelines'). In particular, the Response highlights that the consent of the employee is not sufficient to allow the employer to measure the employee's temperature due to the imbalance of power in the relationship and the possible negative consequences of a denial of consent. In addition, the Response outlines the CNPD's reply to a number of other questions, relating to, among other things, the applicability of the Guidelines to any worker, the creation of contagion chains which may jeopardise the health of citizens, and other means of monitoring the spread of COVID-19 ('Coronavirus').    

You can read the Response, only available in Portuguese, here