Privacy watchdog remains critical of corona app

The Personal Data Authority (AP) remains very critical of Minister De Jonge’s corona app. According to the AP, the privacy of the users is still insufficiently guaranteed. The Authority advises the Cabinet to make agreements with Google and Apple about the software they provide for the app.

Rather, there must first be a law that governs the deployment of the app and the servers that use the app must be secure. Only when those conditions are met should the app be allowed to be deployed.

The Minister wants to use the app to supplement the source and contact research. Via the app, people can receive a message that they have been in the vicinity of someone who is infected; the idea behind this is that more people will be reached in this way than with ‘normal’ research.

The app can be downloaded by everyone as a test from today, although it does not yet work optimally throughout the Netherlands. Only in Drenthe, Overijssel and parts of Gelderland can people actually inform their contacts that they are infected with the virus. This is a test phase.

Legal basis

The Youngster writes to the House of Representatives that he intends to regulate the legal basis of the app as a matter of urgency, although in his opinion it is “open to discussion” whether this is really necessary. The national attorney also finds certain parts of the advice “not necessarily convincing”.

The Youngster is now coming up with an emergency law in order to “create the necessary legal basis for the intended introduction date of 1 September or as soon as possible thereafter”. The Minister goes on to write that more and more research shows that the corona app can make an important contribution to combating further spread. He therefore wants the app to be available throughout the Netherlands as soon as possible. He still wants the current park test to be positive.

App not on its own

The Personal Data Authority emphasizes to be positive about the development of the app itself. “It is clearly designed with privacy in mind. But the app does not stand alone. The app depends on other technical components and legislation; that’s where our concerns lie,” says chairman Wolfsen.

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