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Decree Law No. 52/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 155/2020, Series I of 2020-08-11
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 52/2020
  • Pages: 9 - 11

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law establishes who is responsible for data processing and regulates the intervention of the doctor in the STAYAWAY COVID system.

STAYAWAY COVID is an application for mobile devices that notifies users that they are exposed to SARS-CoV-2 contagion factors because they are in contact with the user of the application that will later be confirmed with COVID-19.

The STAYAWAY COVID must comply with European and national legislation applicable to the protection of personal data.

What is going to change?

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) is given responsibility for processing the data of the STAYAWAY COVID system for the purposes of European and national legislation applicable to the protection of personal data.

The DGS defines the operation of the STAYAWAY COVID, communication, storage and processing of data, as well as the coordination between all the actors involved in the system.

Medical intervention in the STAYAWAY COVID system

The doctor obtains and communicates to the user of the STAYAWAY COVID application, that is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the legitimation code to be inserted in the application, if the user wishes to do so.

For this purpose, the doctor will have to enter the date of the first symptoms or the date of the laboratory test (in case the patient is asymptomatic).

The data processing for the operation of the STAYAWAY COVID system is exceptional and transitory.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law, in the interest of public health, makes it possible to reinforce the interruption of virus transmission chains, through a digital tool as a complementary means to the COVID-19 pandemic response strategy.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 12 August 2020.

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