German data privacy regulator probes Apple Store temperature checks

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A regional German data protection office reportedly has concerns about the privacy risks posed by customer temperature checks at Apple Stores that recently reopened in the country.

Apple officially reopened its 15 brick-and-mortar retail locations in Germany on May 11 and in accordance with the company's coronavirus policies, it is checking the temperatures of customers before they enter the store.

The Hessian data protection agency has launched a probe to determine whether the temperature checks violate European Union privacy regulations, according to a report from Bloomberg Law.

Hesse is a state in Germany where retail locations such as Apple Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, in Frankfurt, and Apple MTZ, in Sulzbach, are located.

There aren't any results from the probe, but the Hessian office is reportedly coordinating with other regional data protection agencies in Germany.


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