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Norwegian institute of public health has been developed an app for smartphones that should be able to help find those who may have been exposed to koronasmitte.

the App to collect information about where users have been over the last 30 days, and who they have been close enough that the infection may have spread. If a person is tested and turns out to have korona system should be able to notify those people they have been in the vicinity of in the time before.

In the new information from the ministry of Health comes in the day before that the app will be called Smittestopp.
According to the information, efforts are made to be able to launch the app the 14. april.

We work with to be able to launch the app and get a step-by-step introduction of digital smittesporing right over easter. We need some time to collect data that can be used for tracking, and we need a step-by-step validation of the smittesporingen, ” says senior vice president Gun Peggy Knudsen for health and digitization in the Norwegian institute of public health to NRK.

Now FHI tell that the app should be introduced in some municipalities, before the whole country takes it in use.

– We need a step-by-step validation of the smittesporingen together with the first a few municipalities and then a few more before we can implement at the national level. This will be testing and we have to learn and adjust along the way, ” says Knudsen in FHI.

Gun Peggy Knudsen is responsible for the use of digital smittesporing in the Norwegian institute of public health.

Photo: Private

Norwegian institute of public health (FHI) has expressed the hope that the app can help in the efforts to stop the infection.

Nevertheless, the solution met with criticism from several quarters related to privacy and security.

One of the points critics have drawn out is that an app which you need to collect so many information about common people’s movements need to be secure enough.

Then mean, among other things, lawyers and technologists that there should be transparency about the code that drives the system – open source.

group of experts has already found errors which is geared

Simula has developed the app on behalf of FHI has a long way declined to release the source code for smittesporingsappen.

Professor Olav Lysne working with app development in Simula.

Photo: NRK

– All applications and IT systems have bugs in them that is not found. Where is the academic staff shared about how best to hedge themselves against the security vulnerabilities. A pretty høytsnakkende part of the academic community believes they should be addressed best if the code is laid out open – others think the opposite. We have chosen not to do it, ” said professor Olav Lysne in Simula in Dagsnytt 18 on Monday.

to nevertheless increase the confidence of the sporingsappen and systems around Health and care services appointed an independent expert group which is now to look for such security flaw.

the expert group will deliver its first reviews already in the morning on Thursday the 9th. april.

the Group was nominated on Saturday. Already on Sunday we got access to most of the code and the information about the app. So we are well in time, ” says the group’s leader Jeanine Lilleng to NRK.

She is now working in the company MazeMap with location tracking indoors, and have previously worked as a programmer for Google and Telenor.

the Way we work is probably very similar to how open source environment would worked. It is also the type of people who sit in the group, ” says the head of the expert group.

They should now review the solution that Simula has made for FHI.

She tells that the first report they deliver in the morning will look at the app and the systems to talk with. Even she experiences that the authors of the app are very open to correcting errors.

– I have rarely done a job where they are so responsive to fixing things that we find. They are on the supply side to fix things, and it has already been the things we’ve talked about that have led to changes in the programs, ” says Lilleng.

NRK found parts of the code that lay out on the kodedelingsplattformen Github by accident.

Photo: faksimiler from Simula and Github

NRK has asked both the ministry of Health and the Norwegian institute of public health about the app can be stopped or delayed if there are serious security vulnerabilities in the solution.

– We will, of course, not to launch a solution if it should prove that it is not secure. Ekspertgruppens independent assessment will of course be important for us in the context, ” says health minister Bent High to the NRK.

FHI assure that it will not be released in an app that is not safe.

– We have ongoing dialogue with the expert group and corrects the error continuously. And we launch not an app that is not safe to use, say, Gun Peggy Knudsen in FHI.’

– In the mandate from the ministry mentioned a date for launch – 14. april – is it when you are planning to release the app to the public?

– We work out from launching your app right over easter, under the assumption that we have completed personvernkonsevensvurdering, detailed reviews of information security and that adequate measures have been taken. The app should be safe to use, respond områdedirektøren.

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