SANT-CORONAVIRUS-FRANCE-APPLICATION: France: Green light from deputies to the StopCovid application
PARIS (Reuters) – French MPs gave the go-ahead for the deployment of the StopCovid application on Wednesday, in an advisory vote, which should be downloadable this weekend and which will warn people who have been in contact with a person infected with coronavirus.
The government’s declaration on the application was approved by 338 votes in favor (215 against).
In the hemicycle, members of the government insisted on the importance of this application as a new phase of deconfinement approached, the main lines of which must be presented on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
“It is possible that certain” future “decisions allow the French to find even more individual and collective freedoms and therefore to increase social contacts” therefore “we need to multiply the tools”, underlined the Minister of Health Olivier Veran.
The Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet for her part insisted on the “voluntary”, “anonymous” and “temporary” nature of this application, assuring that it was not an “excuse for the State to become a State police officer controlling the actions of our fellow citizens “.
The smartphone application, which will work by bluetooth and will not use geolocation, will alert its users if they have been within a meter and for at least fifteen minutes of a person contaminated by the coronavirus.
Its detractors, including among others the League for Human Rights, point to an attack on privacy and individual freedoms and question its effectiveness, citing the number of people not equipped with a smartphone or unwilling to download it .
Its defenders argue that StopCovid received the green light from the National Commission for Data Protection (CNIL) which considered that its recommendations had been followed and that the application enabled “faster alerts”.
A debate, also followed by a vote, is scheduled for the evening in the Senate.
(Marine Pennetier, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)