The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published its second monthly report on the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on fundamental rights across the EU Member States. It looks at the impact of government measures in place between 21 March and 30 April 2020.
The report Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – fundamental rights implications: with a focus on contact-tracing apps (May 2020) reviews the fundamental rights aspects of emergency measures the EU Member States have taken to manage the Coronavirus pandemic and the impact of such measures on the daily life of people and on particular vulnerable groups in society, such as older persons, persons with disabilities, Roma and Travellers, detainees, and homeless persons. As a specific question, it looks into governments’ use of contact-tracing apps and other technology to help monitor and track the spread of the virus. The report highlights rights-respectful approaches to such use of technology.
FRA’s multidisciplinary research network, FRANET, collected the data across all 27 EU Member States. It gathered information from sources in the public domain at the time of data collection. The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, together with the Faculty of Law at the University of Turku, currently form the national focal point of FRANET in Finland. The researchers at the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University have compiled the country report on Finland.