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– Through the close collaboration with developers, authorities and suppliers of public health, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world with slowing the spread of the COVID-19 and expedite everyday life, writes the companies in a joint pressmelding Friday.

the Collaboration could be good news for the Norwegian digital smittesporings-app “Smittestopp”.

the Cooperation will make it easier for the public smilevernapplikasjoner to notify the public that they have been in contact with someone who may be infected.

Photo: Google / Apple

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.

the App has been criticized for being too personverninngripende, in that information about users ‘ movements will be stored on a central database on a server controlled by the authorities.

Sensitive personal data will largely be stored on the user’s mobile phone, instead of a public server.

Photo: Google / Apple

the Developers of the Norwegian application, Simula, has previously stated to NRK that the reason for this is limitations in Apple’s operating system iOS.

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The new solution to the IT-giants is based solely on Bluetooth, and the collected information stored mostly only on the user’s own phone, which is assessed as a minor personvernsinngripende solution.

Simen Sommerfeldt is the technical manager for the consulting company Bouvet and co-author of a book about privacy. He has previously spoken critically about some of the choices that have been made about the Norwegian app.

OPTIMISTIC: Simen Sommerfeldt is the co-author of “Privacy and the GDPR in practice” and technical manager of Bouvet. He calls the collaboration between Google and Apple for the “incredibly good news”.

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According to Sommerfeldt goes the arguments for the central storage of data away with the new announcement from the IT giants.

He also points out that the solution follows the recommendations of the EUROPEAN commission to avoid central storage.

– This is incredibly good news. Apple and Google are almost as statsmakter or gods when it comes to this. So that they go together is great news and makes me optimistic that we can do to win over this epidemic, ” says Sommerfeldt to NRK.

According to the BBC, it is expected that Us president Donald Trump will give his support to the cooperation.

the Companies writes that the technology will be able to be taken in use from the middle of may and could be used in conjunction with apps that have been developed for digital smittesporing of the different countries health authorities.

– Privacy, openness and consent is of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders, writing the companies in a press release.

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