Norway is planning to develop a second app after privacy issues in its first attempt to develop a contact tracking app, this time using privacy focused technology from a joint project between apple and Google.Norway will be the next country to develop an application that tracks COVID-19's spread through the population, using Apple and Google's contact tracking system. The technology, used to track when people are approaching others and whether they are at risk of being infected by carriers, will be at the heart of new applications in Norway, after the country's first disturbing attempt.
Health minister told Reuters Bent Hoeie week the app will be usedApple- Google systems, not home-grown versions.
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However, because the app collects data and stores it in a central location, it came under fire from datatil SYNET in June. The Guardian reported that the agency issued a warning to prevent the Norwegian Institute of public health from processing the data collected by the app.
According to the agency, the relatively low usage rate of 600000 people out of Norway's 5.4 million population, coupled with the limited spread of the virus in the country, means that the invasion of privacy is too much to match the effect. Although the health agency does not agree with the survey results, it confirms that the application will be suspended and the collected data will be deleted.
In the new application, data will be decentralized and highly anonymous, and privacy is the basis of its design. The data is stored on the local device, not the server, but if the user is diagnosed, the anonymous identifier beacon will be shared to other parts of the network, and at the same time this will only be done with the user's permission.
Norway follows many other countries to use the technology, and it is not the only country to switch strategies during popularity. Applications in the UK were initially built using a central system, but were later rebuilt to use Apple-Google API.