The GRA has today issued guidance on temperature checking in the context of an increase in the practice of checking the temperature of employees and visitors as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidance note indicates that "A data protection impact assessment is likely to be necessary, particularly where large numbers of individuals are being checked. The Commissioner strongly recommends the publication of data protection impact assessments.'

In the event that businesses, already struggling under the weight of a collapsed demand and the very bleak prospects for a pickup in business for at least a few months after we emerge from this (and we've not yet come close to that), will businesses opt for the path of least resistance and not temperature check visitors at all?

Could this be, therefore, indirectly and potentially, 'death by data protection'?