Mandatory Covid StayAway Opens “Serious Privacy Issues”

Mandatory Covid StayAway Opens “Serious Privacy Issues”
Mandatory Covid StayAway Opens “Serious Privacy Issues”

Na statement sent to several essays and published in whole by the Observer, the CNPD states that “he has always fought for character voluntary application of tracking contact tracing “.

“Impose by law the use of the application Stayaway, in whatever context, raises serious questions regarding the privacy of citizens, removing the possibility of choosing, if they so choose, not to give control of their location and their movements to third parties, whether these companies multinationals outside national jurisdiction, be it the state, “said the CNPD.

The entity reacted thus to today’s announcement by the Prime Minister, António Costa that the Government will present to the Assembly of the Republic a law proposal which requested “an urgent procedure, so that the mandatory” use “of the application is imposed ‘StayAway Covid“in work, school and academic contexts, in the Armed Forces and Security Forces and in the whole of the public administration”, he announced.

A CNPD is directly against this initiative, indicating that “the mandatory use of this application also triggers strong reservations in the plan ethical, for accentuating in particular the discrimination of citizens, since most people are unable to access this type of application “.

The organization recalled that “this application only works on very advanced models of some smart phones”.

The Commission therefore considers “that the application of legislation of this nature will hardly be feasible”, stressing that “according to a report presented this week by the Council of Europe, no country in a total of 55 countries adhering to the Convention of Protection (Convention 108), implemented with character this type of application is mandatory “.

Finally, the Commission assured that “it will certainly have the opportunity to comment on the content of the proposed law in the context of the parliamentary procedure”.

According to the Prime Minister, the Government will deliver this proposed law, which also includes the mandatory use of masks on public roads, “either today at the end of the day or tomorrow [quinta-feira] in the morning”.

The Left Block and the CDS have already criticized this government initiative.

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