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ICO guidance on workplace coronavirus testing

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published guidance covering how employers should handle data if they decide to test employees for Covid-19.

The guidance includes:

  • Which lawful basis can I use for testing employees? 
  • How can I show that our approach to testing is compliant with data protection law? 
  • Can I keep lists of employees who either have symptoms or have been tested as positive? 

Although similar, there are variations in approach taken by the UK Government and the three devolved administrations. Employers should ensure that they comply with the relevant local requirements for each of their premises, including any local differences that may be introduced as the UK moves out of lockdown.

Please visit the ICO Workplace testing – guidance for employers pages for further information.


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