Informative Note

Coronavirus: Privacy in the context of teleworking, e-learning and entertainment

13/04/2020
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The figures recently published by ANACOM (the Portuguese National Communications Authority) are clear: the spread of COVID-19 and the individual and community protection measures imposed have led to an increase of 50% in electronic communication traffic in Portugal.

In fact, the increase in electronic communications traffic is happening on a European scale. As a result, the European Commission and BEREC have suggested that, in the event of network congestion, telecoms operators and streaming services should adopt absolutely exceptional traffic management measures. These measures can include a reduction in connection speed and the provision of lower resolution content.
 
Coupled with the increase in electronic communications traffic, in particular, due to new ways of working and providing services at a distance, and to entertainment use, there are also a known set of risks to the privacy of individuals and to the security of information and trade secrets of organisations. Below, we identify some fundamental issues from a legal perspective that people and organisations should take into account in order to protect themselves.
 
This note identifies some key legal aspects that people and organisations should take into account in order to protect themselves.

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