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Orientations from the EDPS: Body temperature checks by EU institutions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Orientations from the EDPS: Body temperature checks by EU institutions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday, 1 September, 2020
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Orientations from the EDPS: Body temperature checks by EU institutions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

A number of European institutions, agencies and bodies (EUIs) have implemented body temperature checks as part of the health and safety measures adopted in the context of their “return to the office” strategy as an appropriate complementary measure, among other necessary health and safety measures, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 contamination.

At the same time, systematic body temperature checks of staff and other visitors to filter access to EUIs premises may constitute an interference into individuals’ rights to private life and/or personal data protection. The EDPS observes that body temperature checks can be implemented through a variety of devices and processes that should be subject to careful assessment. The EDPS has decided to issue the present orientations to help EUIs and Data Protection Officers (DPOs) meet the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 (the Regulation), where applicable.