The U.K. government violated data privacy regulated Europe’s GDPR by implementing a NHS Test and Trace program to monitor the spread of COVID-19 without also establishing a required Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA).

Privacy advocacy organization Open Rights Group (ORG) issued a complaint against Public Health England (PHE), which launched the program on May 28, about the DPIA still not available. PHE indicated on June 1 it would provide the assessment to data protection watchdog Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the following week.

Six weeks later, the DPIA wasn’t made available publicly, and ORG deemed the program unlawful.

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