Countries around the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 contact-tracing apps and their privacy applications. Here are the latest developments regarding the deployment of those apps:
- TechCrunch reports EU member states and the European Commission settled on a technical framework to allow contact-tracing apps to function across borders. According to Reuters, however, France's centralized app may not work in cooperation with EU other apps.
- In the U.S., 39 state attorneys general, including those from Oregon and California, signed a letter to Apple and Google with a call to ensure appropriate personal data safeguards are added to their contact-tracing app.
- Reuters reports Germany's privacy-focused contact-tracing app was downloaded 6.5 million times in the first 24 hours.
- Also from Reuters, Amnesty International is urging Bahrain and Kuwait to halt the deployment of their respective contact-tracing apps, which the advocacy group claims are "highly invasive."
- Belgium's contact-tracing app is being held up by efforts to meet data protection standards, The Brussels Times reports.
Editor’s note: The IAPP Resource Center compiled global privacy updates on its COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.
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