on Monday 15 June, a French researcher has revealed to have discovered that the application StopCovid – downloaded 1.5 million times – would collect much more data on the people who cross by its users, as announced during its launch, reveals Mediapart in an article relayed by The World.
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"A real danger for the private life"
In reality, Gaëtan Leurent discovered that the data of all persons cross-tabulated by the users are collected by the platform. The French researcher, who oversees the national Institute of research in informatics and automatics (INRIA), reveals as well as the information of "all the contacts the crusaders during the fourteen last days" are directly sent to a central server. A gesture that has "no interest in tracing the spread of the virus, but which poses a real danger to the private life," he complained.
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After publication of this article, the Cnil, the Commission nationale informatique and freedoms, indicated that the checks were "in progress" for more information on the criteria of distance and duration of contact of the collection of information. In addition, the secretariat of State for the digital confirms the results of the researcher, in stating that " every quarter of an hour, a new id is assigned to each device [...]. Thus, a contact that only last five minutes could be the result of a contact of twelve minutes : two contacts that only the server is able to connect to understand that it is in reality a single, 17-minute, therefore, at risk. "