What you need to know
- An EU official has said that Apple and Google are holding EU states hostage.
- That's after they rebuffed calls from France and Germany to back their contact tracing solutions.
- Apple and Google will not accommodate solutions that involve holding personal data on a central server.
An EU official has said that Apple and Google are holding EU states hostage after they rebuffed further calls to support contact tracing solutions offered by France and Germany.
As Reuters reports:
The report notes that EU countries are behind a system based on Bluetooth being used to track smartphone interaction, rather than user location data. However, the EU is sharply divided over the use of a centralized or a decentralized system. France and Germany support the former, however, they have again been told that Apple and Google will not back such a system. Switzerland appears to a leading proponent of DP-3T, which stands for Decentralised Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing, which Google's VP of engineering Dave Burke described as "the best privacy-preserving solution."
On Friday, a webinar was hosted by the liberal renew faction in the European Parliament. Apple's global director of privacy and law enforcement requests told members:
If Apple and Google do not support the apps offered by countries, they would still technically work but would need to be open on your screen all the time to be effective. One EU official "The European states are being completely held hostage by Google and Apple" and a Spokeswoman for the German government stated;
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