The guardian of the private life of the French notes in particular that the information provided to the users of the application of contact tracing “should be further supplemented”.
Can do better. The CNIL on Monday, July 20 asked the government to settle “several irregularities” regarding the controversial StopCovid contact tracing app. The Ministry of Solidarity and Health is “given notice to remedy it within one month”, specifies the CNIL in a press release.
The guardian of the private life of the French carried out recently three operations of control on the application. Among the irregularities, the CNIL notes that the information provided to users of the application “should still be completed”, especially with regard to recaptcha (the device aimed at preventing “bots” from using the application).
The impact assessment relating to the protection of personal data is also “incomplete” on the data kept for security purposes, in particular for the recaptcha, notes the Cnil. It also requests the government to rule on the effectiveness of the application in combating the coronavirus epidemic.
StopCovid is controversial, both in principle and in the technical choices made by the government. Its opponents consider that it is not sufficiently useful in view of the risks it entails, particularly in terms of a shift towards a society of surveillance.
She keeps a trace of all the people crossed during the last 15 days, within a meter. Commissioned in early June while the epidemic was in its descending phase, the application is little used, with a maximum number of users between 1.4 and 1.5 million people, according to a government report on June 23.