The development for May 11 of the StopCovid application, which is intended to trace contacts with people diagnosed with coronavirus, constitutes ” a challenge “, underlines Sunday April 26 the Secretary of State for digital Cedric O. “There are still several technical problems to be resolved” and “We will not compromise on security”, he said in an interview with Sunday newspaper.
The Secretary of State ensures that this application, which will use Bluetooth technology, will be “Voluntary, anonymous, transparent and temporary” : “The state has no access to any identifying data and there will be no geolocation. “The installation of the application must be entirely based on free consent”, still insists Cedric O. “In the arbitration between health constraints and individual freedoms, we have pushed hard towards individual freedoms”, he argues.
It proposes the establishment of a “Monitoring and transparency committee, made up of NGOs, legal and digital professionals, parliamentarians”. The device will “A brick in the health survey system which is at the heart of deconfinement, in order to prevent the epidemic from starting again”, he continues.
In practice, the system will record, via Bluetooth technology, the contacts of the owners of phones that have downloaded the application, “By notifying you when one of them has been diagnosed positive”, said the secretary of state. That “Will detect certain cases of transmission poorly covered by traditional surveys, such as contacts in public transport”.
“Sanitary and technological sovereignty”
Cedric O points out that “All the industrialists involved are French”, indicating that “The most involved are Capgemini, Dassault Systèmes, Orange and two start-ups, Lunabee studio and Withings”.
Development takes place in conjunction with the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm), the Pasteur Institute and the National Agency for System Security. 'information.
“It is a question of health and technological sovereignty”, says Cedric O, for whom it is the state “Alone to define health policy” and of “Decide on the algorithm that defines a contact case”, without therefore having to use the platforms offered by Google or Apple.
The secretary of state adds that he is in discussion with the latter, because the application does not work correctly on the iPhone and smartphones of this manufacturer, even if they only represent 20% of the French fleet, he said. . For Cédric O., “What the epidemiologists say is that there is no minimum download threshold required for this application to be useful. “
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