'We will remember': French minister threatens Apple over COVID-19 privacy stance
What you need to know
- A French minister has threatened Apple over its privacy stance regarding contact tracing apps in the country.
- A report suggests that Apple has "dug in its heels" in a standoff with the French government.
- The two are at loggerheads over France's StopCOVID app.
A French minister has threatened Apple saying "we will remember" after Apple remained firm in its stance over the privacy and security of contact tracing apps.
As reported by Bloomberg:
Frances Digital Minister Cedric O stated;
According to the report, France seems to have requested that Apple modify its own privacy and security parameters. In the last 24 hours, O said that France was moving forward with its own StopCOVID app, which will use centralized data holding, something Apple and Google will not advocate. From that report O stated:
At the time he said that conversations with Apple and France were ongoing, however, this latest development suggests that they may have broken down. Apps that adopt a centralized system of storing user data are not supported by Apple and Google, which will lead to constraints making the apps less functional. For example, they will not be able to run in the background whilst using Bluetooth.
The French government is due to vote on the use of the app week-commencing May 25, with some lawmakers worried as to whether the use of user location data and contacts are a violation of user privacy.
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French minister is a dumbass, what’s he gonna do, ban sales of Apple products?
That's exactly what some of these countries can do. Good or bad they can restrict certain products from being sold within their borders. Not that most would agree to something like that but it can and does happen.
"some" yes, but it's incredibly unlikely that France would.
How DARE Apple stand up to socialists who desperately want to track everyone. We will remember YOU too, dickweed.