France will start testing its COVID-19 tracking app the week of May 11th

France was one of many first nations scrambling to create a COVID-19 contact tracing app, and now it’s near discovering out how its app works in apply. Digital Affairs Minister Cedric O has stated (by way of Reuters) that France’s StopCOVID ought to enter real-world testing the week of Could 11th, proper because the nation will begin easing pandemic lockdown measures. He didn’t say when the app may be prepared for widespread use, though that’s prone to depend upon preliminary outcomes.

And earlier than you ask: no, France isn’t budging on its need to loosen Apple’s Bluetooth restrictions for the sake of the app. Whereas O acknowledged that each France’s centralized method (which shops identifiers for constructive contacts in a single place) had Apple’s decentralized methodology had flaws, he argued that the tactic supported by iOS was “crippling.” It allegedly had inferior knowledge protections and gave up management, making it troublesome for a well being authority to study from data with out asking tech corporations.

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