Coronavirus pandemic in The EU: fundamental rights Implications

Many governments are experimenting with technologies to enhance the monitoring and tracking of Covid-19 infections. The second bulletin of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), "Coronavirus pandemic in the EU: implications for fundamental rights", focuses on measures taken by States involving the use of technologies - such as contact-tracing apps - to assess their impact on people's fundamental rights. In particular, the bulletin - which covers the period 21 March-30 April 2020 - not only provides an overview of the provisions and policies adopted in the EU that have had an impact on freedom of movement, the right to education and work, and the most marginal social groups, but also devotes a specific focus to the more or less successful balance between the use of technologies and the protection of fundamental rights, first and foremost the right to privacy and the protection of personal data.

This is the second in a series of three comparative quarterly bulletins that FRA intends to publish on the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on fundamental rights. A specific report is also available for each of the 27 EU Member States, edited by the FRANET network of multidisciplinary experts that supports the work of the Agency. The report for Italy was produced by the "Giacomo Brodolini" Foundation, as FRA's national contractor.


Link to the press release

Link to the FRA comparative report

Link to the report on Italy