Law allowing processing of personal data of Covіd-19 patients without their consent took effect

Source : 112 Ukraine

The bill provides for the establishment of temporary specialized hospitals to treat peopel form this disease
12:00, 18 April 2020

Ukraine's Defense Ministry

In Ukraine, the law came into force on the processing of personal data of patients with Covіd-19 coronavirus infection without their consent and on the creation of temporary observers.

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.

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).

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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 also subject to observation and self-isolation.

Persons who expressed a desire to leave the quarantine 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.

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.

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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 shall be depersonalized, and if not possible, destroyed.

As we reported before, as of the morning of April 18, 5106 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus were recorded in Ukraine.

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