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Privacy, Informational Infrastructures and Covid-19: Comparative Legal Responses

Veale, Michael; (2024) Privacy, Informational Infrastructures and Covid-19: Comparative Legal Responses. In: King, Jeff and Luiz Motta Ferraz, Octávio, (eds.) Comparing Covid Laws: A Critical Global Survey. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. (In press).

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Abstract

Covid-19 saw states creating and repurposing informational infrastructures to manage populations and in turn, the pandemic. In this chapter, I consider how these infrastructures played out in their legal contexts. I show how while privacy regimes, where they existed, largely remained applicable, particular technologies reshaped the privacy landscape and at times, pushed at the boundaries of the legal system. States seeking to use telecommunications data to shape behaviour faced significant legal challenges as courts struck down a range of instruments, although some powers proved nebulous and hard to challenge. Digital contact tracing apps showcased a different dynamic, as the architecture of these systems — whether centralised or decentralised — shaped legal responses. Not all is gloomy however — insofar as the pandemic made information technology a political focus for legislators and citizens, this may bode well for future law-making and governance.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Privacy, Informational Infrastructures and Covid-19: Comparative Legal Responses
Publisher version: https://academic.oup.com/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10182115
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