The European Union said it would review contact tracking technology proposed by Google and Apple to ensure it meets the EU’s new standards for managing applications related to the Covid-19 virus.
The European Commission, which on Thursday released guidelines aimed at making virus tracking applications interoperable, said EU member states and the European Commission “seek clarification of the solutions proposed by Google and Apple.”
Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple announced late last week that they would add technology to their platforms to alert users about contact with coronavirus patients. Although the tracking system is voluntary, it has the potential to track about one third of the world’s population.
In a video conference with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki earlier this week, EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton “insisted that all participants in the development of digital applications track the spread of the virus must fully respect their privacy and ensure the interoperability and security of communications,” the EU said.
In its new guidelines, the EU says mobile apps should be voluntary and should be approved by the NHS, protecting users privacy and removing them when they are no longer needed. It is part of the EU’s exit strategy to coordinate the outbreak response of member states.
EU authorities hope contact tracing technology will play a role in lifting the anti-epidemic embargo in member states.
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Via – Reuters