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Decoding China’s COVID-19 Health Code Apps: The Legal Challenges

School of Law, Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou 310015, China
Academic Editor: Tao-Hsin Tung
Healthcare 2022, 10(8), 1479; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10081479
Received: 18 June 2022 / Revised: 30 July 2022 / Accepted: 3 August 2022 / Published: 5 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Health in the Time of COVID-19: Law, Policy and Governance)
Heath code apps, along with robust testing, isolation, and the care of cases, are a vital strategy for containing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in China. They have remained stable and consistent, allowing China to extensively restore its social and economic development. However, the ethical and legal boundaries of deploying health code apps for disease surveillance and control purposes are unclear, and a rapidly evolving debate has emerged around the promises and risks of their fast promotion. The article outlines the legal challenges by applying the core values of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), the fundamental law for personal information protection in China, into the context of the nationwide use of health code apps. It elaborates on the balance between the demands for upholding individuals’ rights to the security of their personal information and those for public access to such information to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. It identifies the current gaps in addressing personal information harms during the use of the apps, particularly with regard to user consent, transparency, necessity, storage duration, and security safeguards. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; health code apps; personal information; data protection; contact tracing; ethics; privacy; personal information protection law COVID-19; health code apps; personal information; data protection; contact tracing; ethics; privacy; personal information protection law
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