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The Corona App, a Global Experiment in Contact Tracing: How are the Fundamental Rights of Citizens Guaranteed?

A Dutch Perspective

  • Autor/Autorin: Robert van den Hoven van Genderen
  • Beitragsart: Corona-Pandemie und Rechtsinformatik
  • Kategorie: Beiträge
  • Region: Niederlande
  • Rechtsgebiete: Gesundheitsrecht
  • Sammlung: Tagungsband IRIS 2021
  • DOI: 10.38023/6bf82ece-aae2-4ec8-bfbe-aabfe6a74e13
  • Zitiervorschlag: Robert van den Hoven van Genderen, The Corona App, a Global Experiment in Contact Tracing: How are the Fundamental Rights of Citizens Guaranteed?, in: Jusletter IT 25. Februar 2021
This article discusses the (emergency) measures introduced or activated by governments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and which (un)lawfully restrict the fundamental freedoms of citizens to combat further spread of the virus. In this context, the focus is on the consequences of the introduction of tracking and contact identification, on the “corona-notification application”, legitimized as a “scaling tool”, and on the recommendations, guidelines and legislation surrounding the use of this corona app.


  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1. The Measures
  • 2. Range of Measures Taken – The story so Far.
  • 3. Technological Creation and Implementation of the Corona App
  • 3.1. The Process of Implementing the App
  • 3.2. Introduction of the Apps, a Brief History; Some General Concerns
  • 3.3. Intellectual Property Rights and Support for Use
  • 4. The GDPR and the App
  • 4.1. The EDPB Covid 19 Guidelines, the ePrivacy Guideline
  • 5. National Emergency Ordinances
  • 5.1. The New Dutch Emergency Act
  • 5.2. Temporary Validity, Introduction of the App?
  • 5.2.1. Article 58s: Safety net, Room for Mandatory Corona App?
  • 5.2.2. Article 58t: Accountability and Provision of Information
  • 6. The Notification App: a Separate Law in the Netherlands
  • 7. Conclusion
  • 8. Recommended Further Requirements for the Use of a “Corona App”

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