CNIL’s Green Light to the StopCovid Tracking Application

StopCovid, the government’s wanted new coronavirus tracking application, has received the green light from the French National Commission for Data Protection (CNIL). In its opinion published on Tuesday, the independent administrative authority considers that the application respects the various legislative provisions relating to the protection of privacy, and formulates some final recommendations for its implementation.

The application will allow a user to keep track of other crossed users for the past two weeks (within one meter, for at least 15 minutes). If this user discovers that he is a carrier of the coronavirus, he can warn people crossed, by notifying the application of his contamination.

StopCovid raises the fears of a good number of defenders of privacy, who fear that it does not mark a first step towards a surveillance society where our actions and gestures would be constantly watched by automatic systems.

But in its opinion, the CNIL – which had already given a green light in principle on April 24 – notes that the developers of the application have erected a number of safeguards to prevent drifts.

She nevertheless made a few comments to further strengthen the protection of individuals’ privacy. The Cnil wishes for example an “improvement of the information provided to the users, in particular concerning the conditions of use of the application and the methods of erasure of the personal data”, she indicated in a press release .

The Cnil also wants “specific information for minors and parents of minors”, and confirmation in the upcoming decree of the application of “a right of opposition and a right to erase pseudonymized data saved “.

StopCovid will only be available on a strictly voluntary basis. The application works without geolocation but on the basis of Bluetooth technology, which allows electronic devices to communicate with each other at a short distance.

The National Assembly and the Senate will debate the government’s plan on Wednesday, before expressing themselves by vote.

 

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StopCovid, the government’s wanted new coronavirus tracking application, has received the green light from the French National Commission for Data Protection (CNIL).

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