Italian Technological Innovation and Digitalization Minister, Paola Pisano shows her phone, featuring a contact tracing app that Italy launched nationwide in its efforts to contain COVID-19’s spread, during an interview with The Associated Press in Rome, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Pisano told The AP that so far 2 million people have downloaded the Immuni app, that uses Bluetooth technology to notify users they have come into close, prolonged contact with an app user who has tested positive to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Italian Technological Innovation and Digitalization Minister, Paola Pisano shows her phone, featuring a contact tracing app that Italy launched nationwide in its efforts to contain COVID-19’s spread, during an interview with The Associated Press in Rome, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Pisano told The AP that so far 2 million people have downloaded the Immuni app, that uses Bluetooth technology to notify users they have come into close, prolonged contact with an app user who has tested positive to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Norway stops Covid-19 track and trace app over data protection concerns

By Victoria Klesty Time of article published Jun 15, 2020

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OSLO - Norway will halt its Covid-19 track and trace app and delete all data collected so far after criticism from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) said on Monday.

The app was introduced by some Norwegian authorities to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.

The data protection watchdog said on Friday that considering the low spread of the infection, among other issues, collecting data through the app could no longer could be seen as reasonable amid privacy concerns.

"We don't agree with the DPA's evaulation, but feel it is necessary to delete all data and put work on hold as a result of this," NIPH said in a statement.

"We will as a result weaken an important part of our preparedness against a spread in infection, as we now lose time for development and testing of the app."

Reuters

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