COVID-19 Litigation Fund Case Studies
The COVID-19 Litigation Fund was open for applications in the second half of 2020. It is not currently accepting new applications. See more information here.
The COVID-19 Litigation Fund was made possible thanks to funding from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, Luminate and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.
To help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are developing and rolling out apps related to contact-tracing, symptom-tracking, exposure notification, and quarantine-enforcement. Many governments are not taking data protection and
As exams were shifted online during the COVID-19 pandemic, some German universities began to use proctoring software to monitor students taking their exams. This software may violate fundamental rights by
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many educational institutions in the UK have moved exams online and are turning to remote proctoring as a monitoring solution. This potentially results in a
In March 2020, France introduced an emergency law imposing a strict lockdown on the whole country. People who did not comply were subject to fines and even jail time. Authorities
In Germany, public health insurance providers will soon begin transferring anonymised health data of millions of people to institutions for research. However, the security standards for the storage and transfer
defenddigitalme is taking legal action against the UK Department of Education to ensure that the data of students is collected and processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently.
Litigation challenging website censorship and demanding that access to sexual and reproductive health services be recognised as a key part of the right to information in Spain.
Litigation against universities in Germany to stop the processing of personal data through automated online proctoring software.
Litigation to improve security standards and shorten retention periods for sharing of health data by insurance providers with research institutions.
Research to prepare for litigation challenging examples where data protection law is misused by the Spanish government to limit freedom of information and expression
Research preparing for litigation challenging an inadequate data protection regime for people residing in Germany without German citizenship.
Litigation to restrict access to photographs and personal information from biometric ID cards.
Legal action demanding access to information about algorithm-driven technology used by state bodies in Germany
Research to prepare for litigation to challenge the practice in Germany of accessing sensitive personal data on the mobile devices of migrants and asylum seekers upon arrival in the country.
Coordinated complaints to data protection authorities across the EU pushing for changes to the online advertising industry so that users have control over how their data is used.
Litigation preventing the expansion of a criminal record database to include COVID-19 lockdown infringements.
Cross-jurisdictional litigation action to stop the use of COVID-19 apps that do not respect people’s rights to privacy and data protection.
Research to prepare a strategic case challenging restrictions to copyright exceptions that limit freedom of expression and access to information.
Litigation to prevent the use of remote proctoring software until data rights and equality issues are resolved.
Research to prepare a strategic case challenging digital practices that interfere with the rights to freedom of thought and opinion.
A coalition in the Netherlands successfully challenged the use of the “SyRI” risk-scoring algorithm by the Dutch government.