European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager (Margrethe Vestager) said on Tuesday that a coronavirus contact tracking app launched in France may not be able to connect with other users across the EU because it can store data centrally .
The EU has always hoped that applications developed by member states for tracking infections can be connected when people move within the group, better map the spread of the virus, and provide more security for the revival of travel and tourism. The member states agreed on technical standards on Tuesday.
But the French method allows for central location tracking, but it also raises privacy concerns. This is different from the methods in Germany, Italy and other countries, which only record contacts on a single smartphone via Bluetooth signals.
Vestager told the French Parliament on a video conference: “It is more difficult to establish technical standards for interoperability between decentralized systems, because I think this will be a common rule and a centralized system that France has always wanted.
After Apple and Alphabet’s Google set a standard, the German app was launched on Tuesday. Google’s iOS and Android operating systems run 99% of the world’s smart phones.
France also stated that access to its centrally-owned data is a sovereign issue. Its application “StopCovid” was launched on June 2 and approximately 1.5 million people downloaded and activated the application-approximately 2% of the population.
The development of the French application is led by the National Research Institute Inria and supported by French companies such as the telecommunications company Orange, the IT consulting group Capgemini and the software company Dassault Systèmes.
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