Ukraine allows processing personal data of coronavirus-infected people without their consent

Source : 112 Ukraine

332 MPs voted for corresponding bill
17:50, 13 April 2020

Verkhovna Rada of 9th convocation, first session, August 31, 2019
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The Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on the processing of personal data of patients with coronavirus infection without their consent and on the creation of temporary observers. 332 MPs voted for the corresponding bill No. 3320 "On amendments to the law of Ukraine On the protection of the population from infectious diseases."

The online broadcast was conducted by the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"The draft law has been developed with the aim of improving the quality and accessibility of medical care in the fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Ukraine, harmonizing legislation in accordance with the needs of anti-epidemic measures," the explanatory note says.

The law actualizes the concept of ‘self-isolation’, ‘observation’, and ‘specialized hospitals’ used in the world. The legal basis for the application of modern tactics to combat the spread of infectious diseases is being established.

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Temporary measures are envisaged for the rapid creation of temporary specialized hospitals and the involvement of medical workers in the provision of medical care for patients with coronavirus infection (Covid-19).

The law also offers the opportunity for heads of healthcare institutions to involve the following categories in the provision of medical care - such as scientific and pedagogical workers of higher (postgraduate) education institutions providing training in the healthcare sector, other persons with a specialist medical certificate and an appropriate medical category.

According to the law, persons subject to the criteria defined in the decision on quarantine are subject to observation and self-isolation.

Persons who have expressed a desire to leave the quarantined territory before its cancellation should receive a certificate of the possibility of leaving the quarantine zone during the incubation period of the disease, which is issued according to the results of a medical examination in the manner determined by the central executive authority, which ensures the formation of state policy in the field of health protection.

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For the period of stay in self-isolation, observation, in temporary healthcare institutions (specialized hospitals), a person is issued a certificate of incapacity for work, which is paid in the amounts and in the manner prescribed by law for persons recognized as temporarily incapable of work due to illness.

The norm, necessary for the processing of personal data of citizens, is temporarily introduced in order to introduce modern anti-epidemic measures. For the period of establishment of quarantine or restrictive measures and within 30 days from the date of its cancellation, processing of personal data is allowed without the consent of the person, including data regarding the state of health, place of hospitalization or self-isolation, last name, first name, middle name, date of birth, place of residence and work.

Within 30 days after the end of the quarantine period, such data is subject to depersonalization, and in case of impossibility of destruction.

As we reported before, the Verkhovna Rada has reduced the state budget of Ukraine for 2020.

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