Contact tracing information at Ontario bars, restaurants raises privacy concerns

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TORONTO — One of Ontario’s leading privacy experts wants the provincial government to change a regulation directing establishments to take the personal information of customers to help with COVID-19 contact tracing.

The regulation, which applies to bars, restaurants and tour boat operators, instructs them to ‘record the name and contact information of every patron who enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment,’ and ‘maintain the records for a period of at least one month’.

The regulation is set to come into effect Friday August 7. It does not apply to patrons who temporarily enter the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order.