Technology EU countries exchange data from corona warning apps

14:15  02 october  2020
14:15  02 october  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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In eleven EU countries, users of corona warning apps will be able to anonymously compare their contact data across national borders this autumn and be warned of possible infections. Other countries are to follow soon.

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An interface for smartphones for exchanging corona warning app data in a first group of states has been active since the beginning of this week, according to the European Commission in Brussels on Tuesday. The gateway is to be connected to the databases of the respective national Corona warning apps on October 17th.

The new system was initially tested with six countries - the aim is to have eleven EU members in a "first wave" by mid or late October. First, Germany, Italy and Ireland are to be linked. Then it is the turn of Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The order depends on the technical developments of the different warning apps and regulatory issues in the respective countries.

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users have to update their apps and explicitly agree to the data exchange at EU level. You can then decide whether you only want to receive the national data, the data from selected individual states or the EU-wide data set. The encrypted data package contains the contact IDs of the users who have entered their apps as Corona-positive.

France, where infections with the corona virus had recently increased particularly sharply, is not among them for the time being because those responsible have decided on a different technical concept. The French did not want their national corona warning app to be based on the technical interfaces of the US companies Google and Apple. As a result, the French app runs poorly on the iPhones and has only had around three million downloads so far.

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The app cannot be downloaded in this case, due to a country restriction for the app . The Google Account country is not trivial to change for users - as Google only changes the country if you connect a payment Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards, SW Corona Warn - App Open Source Team.

All member states should follow soon.

Representatives of the EU Commission emphasized, but it is hoped that all EU countries can join in "as soon as possible". Without France, there are already national corona warning apps in 15 EU countries that are in principle compatible. Three more are in the works.

In the past few weeks there has been intensive cooperation between the Commission and the Member States - both on epidemiological issues and on the security of private data when it is used. Consumers are now to be convinced of the advantages of a Europe-wide corona warning system via smartphone with an information campaign.

Modeled on the German app, which has meanwhile been downloaded around 18 million times, the software exchanges encrypted data via Bluetooth radio between cell phones whose owners are getting close. The Commission emphasized that only randomly generated keys and anonymized data traffic are used. If a virus infection becomes known, contacts of the person concerned receive a warning via mobile phone. The exchange of information now also works when staying in different EU countries. This will make traveling within the European Union safer. The warning app is only one of several means to contain the pandemic. dpa

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