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Parliamentary questions
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9 September 2020
Answer given by Mr Reynders
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-003266/2020

The Commission does not have data on cases of discrimination against people with COVID-19 or medical staff.

As for the mention of COVID-19 immunity in documents, health data are considered as sensitive data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and their processing can only take place under strict requirements. One of the legal grounds for processing such personal data is public interest in the area of public health. In such cases, Union law or Member State law shall be necessary and proportionate, and provide specific measures to safeguard the rights and freedoms of the concerned individual.

Measures restricting fundamental rights must be limited to what is necessary and strictly proportionate. The Commission will continue to monitor such measures until they are all lifted and will be very vigilant on whether they are adequately phased out.

The Commission is aware that some countries are considering the use of so-called ‘immunity passports’ as part of the lifting of confinement measures. However, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) advises that there is currently limited evidence on immunity(1). Therefore, immunity certification for COVID-19 is not supported by the ECDC.

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