Coronavirus tracking apps meet resistance in privacy-conscious Europe
The result may be a setback for the efforts of public health officials, who say a majority of a society needs to use the trackers for them to be most effective.
Austria, which began to loosen coronavirus restrictions this past week, was one of the first countries in Europe to deploy coronavirus tracking technology. Its “Stop Corona” app, released by the Austrian Red Cross, has managed to make privacy advocates happy, yet has stoked public concern all the same.
“Usually the privacy professionals, the activists, are the people who are saying it’s crazy what you’re doing, think about it twice,” said Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy lawyer who successfully sued Facebook over its data practices but who has embraced his country’s tracking app.
“I sense that the public is often more afraid of these things than the privacy professionals right now,” he said. “If you have a proper design, it’s hard to misuse, but that’s something that in daily life people do not differentiate.”
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[Source: Washington Post]