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France asks Apple to remove the limitations of Bluetooth iOS

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Published on Apr 21, 2020

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France asks Apple to remove the limitations of Bluetooth iOS

As reported by Bloomberg, France has asked Apple to remove a limitation of Bluetooth, according to which is delaying the launch of the app designed by the government to the research of contacts in order to combat the coronavirus.

iOS has a limitation that prevents the app, as that on which France is working, use the Bluetooth in the background if the collected data will be transferred, which is a rule designed to protect the privacy of the users. With this limitation, an app tracking of contacts is able to access the Bluetooth only when an iPhone is unlocked and the app is open.

With the goal to release his tracking software of coronavirus by 11 may, France has asked Apple to make an exception and revoke the security protocol, reports Bloomberg.

“We're asking Apple to raise the technical hurdle for us to develop a solution to the sovereign in the european health which will be linked to our health care system,” said the French minister for Digital Cedric Or publication.

A spokesman for Apple was contacted by Bloomberg declined to comment, but pointed to the previous statement of the company on its partnership with Google for the tracking functionality of the contracts, cross-platform.

Announced at the beginning of this month, the Apple-Google is a cross-platform solution that automates the process of tracking contacts using Bluetooth signals, short-range, local databases secure, identifiers of devices anonymous and other modern mobile technologies.

“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 of the world,” said the companies in a 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.”

Last week Apple and Google have shown in detail the privacy aspects of the project, tracking of contacts.

The solution will benefit from an API that is decentralized which will keep the data of users on their smartphones rather than allow governments to create a database of contacts centralized. France and the european Union are pushing for the data to be sent to a central server managed by the health services of the state.

In may, the two companies will release the API that will allow interoperability between Android and iOS devices using the app of the public health authorities, while later in the course of the year will be made available a platform for tracking contacts based on Bluetooth wider at the operating system level.

The government of the United Kingdom has experienced a similar problem with Apple in the development of their app for tracking contacts because he wanted to use the Bluetooth in the background for monitoring purposes.

The French parliament will discuss the future of its app for tracking contacts internal to the 28th of April.

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