The government plans to use mobile tracking applications for deconfinement to better trace the chains of contamination. The question is debated in the ranks of LREM.
How to consider the break out of confinement, while preserving our individual freedoms? This is the question that arises as the government plans to use mobile people tracking apps. Clearly, our movements and our interactions with other people could be recorded in an application on our phone. This would allow us to know if we have been in contact with a sick person. A similar application is already in use in Singapore and the United Kingdom is considering it. In France, this possibility worries LREM deputies who speak of intrusion into private life.
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The LREM MP for Vienna Sacha Houlié is among the reticent, firstly because these tools would not, in his opinion, be effective in fighting the epidemic of Covid-19. “Not everyone is equipped with a smartphone or a connected watch and it is precisely the populations most at risk, the elderly, who have the least of this type of device.“, Sacha Houlié points out.
The danger is also to encroach on individual freedoms. Sacha Houlié even talks about “electronic wristbands“to characterize thees people tracking applications, or “tracking” in English. “We would come out of a physical prison for an open-air prison, which is not much more desirable“, is alarmed the deputy of Vienna.
Members of the majority are, conversely, in favor of these tracing methods. Starting with their boss, Stanislas Guérini. The general delegate of LREM said he was in favor of this type of tool if their implementation is supervised and limited in time. Which does not reassure all his colleagues. “It is a paradigm shift that is too important to make this decision in times of crisis, in urgency, without any broader public consultation. We would be forcing its social acceptability under very specific conditions“, argues the deputy French people from abroad, Paula Forteza who recently left the ranks of the majority.
LREM deputy for Val d'Oise Aurélien Taché is also skeptical and calls to project himself after the epidemic. “Once the population is accustomed, could these tracing measures not continue?“fears the chosen one.”Imagine for example that the taxman says 'we will monitor this or that taxpayer, his behavior, where he goes, what he buys, is it consistent with his tax return?' The drifts are endless“, is alarmed Aurélien Taché.
The hearing of the Secretary of State for Digital, Cédric O, Thursday April 9, before the law commission of the National Assembly, should make it possible to know more about the tracing tools retained or not by the government.