The EU could start to use the API of the tracing of contacts of Apple and Google
According to a new Reuters report, all 27 members of the European Union now seem to be ready to adopt theAPI of the tracing of the contacts of coronavirus Apple / Google.
The article quotes Chris Boos of the initiative Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT). The report notes that the adoption of the technology in Apple / Google “will make it faster commissioning of systems to track infections by coronavirus“.
Boos says that it may help shorten the course of implementation. PEPP-PT will update on the progress on Friday.
Google and Apple have announced their partnership for tracing contacts to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the end of last week. Their solution uses the Bluetooth of the phones to determine where it was an infected person and with whom you came in contact with. This, in turn, could help trace the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
“All of us Apple and Google believe that there’s never been a more important time to work together to solve one of the most urgent problems in the world,” said the joint statement. “Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and suppliers of public health, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and to accelerate the return to everyday life.”
It remains to be seen, however, whether you will use the API of Google and Apple. As noted by Reuters:
The division is open between the advocates of decentralized systems, including Apple and Google, and the advocates of a centralized approach in which sensitive data are stored on a server. The latter includes some of the governments, raising concerns that could put citizens under surveillance”.
Wouldn’t make much sense for the EU to take the API Apple / Google, because it offers the highest standards of privacy. Given the importance to convince as many people as possible to use the app, it will be crucial to assure them of privacy.