Liberties in Lockdown 1 – Is your data going viral?

Even if we are in lockdown, does that mean our liberties should be? As more and more sophisticated digital tools are developed to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, some concerns are being raised around the handling of data privacy.

While surveillance instruments that avail of GPS and Bluetooth can prove helpful and, in some cases, even lifesaving, how do we know for certain that the data collected will not be misused? Who should be trusted with managing this data at the European level – private companies, governments, the European Commission? Should we put our privacy worries aside during this crisis for the greater good of humanity?

These questions, and many more, will be tackled by our distinguished speakers during the first online event of ELF’s new series – Liberties in Lockdown.


It’s clear that COVID-19 will reshape our societies, and indeed our lives, in many ways. What will our world look like once the lockdowns have ended and the travel restrictions are lifted? Will we recognise our countries and cities; our neighbourhoods and friends? Will we recognise ourselves? For the next few weeks, each installment of the Liberties in Lockdown series will have a particular focus, looking at, among other things, the economy, digital privacy and healthcare. We hope you can join us for these important discussions.


Karen Melchior, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group

Diego Naranjo, Head of Policy, EDRi


Eline Chivot, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

Welcome by:

Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, ELF


Organised by the European Liberal Forum.

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