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Italians air privacy concerns over coronavirus tracking app

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24.04.2020

Analysis. ‘If Google or Facebook abuse my data, I can resort to the laws that are protecting me. If the abuse is committed by the state, we are defenseless.’

written by Andrea Capocci

Topic Italy

April 24, 2020

After the confusion of the past few days, the government is trying to clean up the mess of the Immuni app, the software which is supposed to help our phones keep a record of the people we come into contact with in order to be able to track them down if a positive case of coronavirus emerges within our social circle. In the past few days, contradictory news has been circulating about the system to be adopted. The main debate is about privacy, which will largely depend on how the data on the contacts between people will be stored.

Experts are divided between those who are envisioning a “distributed” contact storage system, in which most of the information remains on the users’ phones, and those who are proposing a centralized system, in which an archive would store the network of contacts between phones (albeit in an anonymized form). The risk of privacy violations is a real one. The app adopted by the Dutch government can serve as a warning, with 200 names of private citizens ending up published on the Internet after a few days and the hasty recall of the........

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