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Norway withdraws its Covid contact-tracing app

17.06.2020
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Data protection authority warns of threat to user privacy

The Norwegian coronavirus contact-tracing app, one of the first in Europe, has been suspended following privacy concerns, reports Techcrunch. The app, called ‘Smittestop’, operated by continuously uploading location data and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) was warned that it posed a ‘disproportionate threat’ to user privacy.

The FHI will now begin deleting data and pause its use of the app, but disagreed with the decision. The website quotes an FHI director as saying that the pause will ‘weaken our preparedness for increased spread of infection’.

Unlike most contact-tracing apps, the Norwegian architecture involved the uploading of data to a central server rather than being stored locally on the user’s device.

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Data protection authority warns Norwegian Institute of Public Health that its Covid contact-tracing app posed a 'disproportionate' threat to privacy

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Privacy, Safety, Security
Region:
Europe
Series:
Regulatory Watch
covid-19, Privacy
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