According to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), it can take several weeks before a corona app is developed to track the contacts of infected people. The path now taken with a decentralized app should be “as quickly as possible but also as safely as possible”, said Spahn on Sunday evening in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. Data security and data protection are particularly important.
When pointed out that the Corona app was originally supposed to go into operation in mid-April, Spahn said that he “had always pointed out, with the experience from other digital projects, that it usually takes one or two or three weeks longer than some publicly say because data security and data protection are so important “. Such an app should not be hacked and there should be clear rules about who has access to what.
The federal government had announced on Sunday that it is now striving for a tracing app for the corona pandemic, in which the data is only stored locally on the mobile devices. Previously, Spahn had considered a variant with central storage on a server, which is controversial under data protection law.
The Minister of Health explained the change of course in the ARD “Daily Topics” with the fact that the decentralized app had “significantly higher acceptance”. “We need as many as possible to take part so that we can control the virus and the outbreak.” The controversy over the app had the risk that “acceptance would be lost and that is why we have now decided on this decentralized solution”.