Coronavirus: too intrusive, the application of tracing to be suspended in Norway

Norway was the first european country to launch an application tracing to stop the spread of Covid-19. It is going to have to turn it off temporarily following

Coronavirus: too intrusive, the application of tracing to be suspended in Norway

Norway was the first european country to launch an application tracing to stop the spread of Covid-19. It is going to have to turn it off temporarily following an opinion issued by the Datatilsynet, the authority of the Norwegian data protection. The latter considers that the application, named Smittestopp, present an undue risk to the private lives of Norwegians.

The health authority, Norwegian, which has launched Smittestopp in April, will therefore cease to collect the data gathered by the application. This last has been downloaded 1.6 million times and has 600 000 users according to the Authority, representing more than 10% of the Norwegian population. It will also delete all of the data collected since its deployment.

Unlike the application of tracing French StopCovid, which is based on the bluetooth to identify the contacts between individuals, Smittestopp uses the GPS chip in smartphones to track the movements of its users. A technology more intrusive, that the Datatilsynet had to be tolerated in a first-time view of the health emergency.

The decrease in the number of cases in Norway has pushed the latter to reconsider its decision. "Smittestop can no longer be considered as a reasonable intrusion on the basic rights of users in matters of privacy," said the Datatilsynet, which notes that the application is door-to-false vis-à-vis the guidelines issued by the European Union for the tracing tools. These recommendations advise against including to locate the users of these applications with the GPS.

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The authority of the Norwegian data protection was also critical of the lack of user control Smittestopp on their data, which can also be used for purposes of research without the opportunity to opt-out. A practice that has yet been validated by the European Union.

"We are questioning the opinion of the Datatilsynet responded the health authority Norwegian. Without the application Smittestopp, we are deprived of a tool that could enable us to prevent new epidemics." It directs the users of Smittestopp to keep the app on their phone, so that it can be used again when a new solution that is respectful of privacy will be found.

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