Friday, July 10, 2020

Norway BANS contact tracing app due to privacy concerns

The Norwegian Health Authority has announced that they are deleting ALL data from the app Smittestopp after privacy concerns.

This was reported on Monday morning.

It’s Datatilsynet (the Norwegian Data Protection Authority) who decided that the app violated people’s privacy too much, to the amount of coronavirus spread in the country.

One of the reasons included is that the app uploads people’s location continuously.

“We don’t agree with the Data Protection Authority’s assessment, but we now have to delete all data and pause work as a result of the notification,” said the director of the Health Authority, Camilla Stoltenberg.

“We are sad that they came to the conclusion they did. We disagree with them in their assessment of its usefulness” said the assistant director in the Health Authority.

Over 600.000 users

As of the 3rd of June, the app had been downloaded no less than 1.6 million times, and had over 600.000 active users throughout the country, according to the Norwegian Health Authority.

This equals just over 10% of Norway’s population, or 14% of all over 16 years.

Deactivate the app

The Norwegian Health Authority is also encouraging people do deactivate the app. “We make sure that no more data arrives from Tuesday. In addition, it can be a good idea to deactivate the app.”

Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen is the founder and main writer for Latest from Europe. He is a Swedish photographer and the author of 5 books.


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