Germany’s government is debating how much privacy should and can be protected amid a pandemic.
On Monday [23 March 2020], in light of the growing urgency of COVID-19, the diesease caused by the novel coronavirus, the German government passed an amendment to the country’s existing law on protection against infection.
It originally contained a clause allowing location tracking but was eventually removed in response to criticism from civil libertarians.
But despite the prevailing skepticism, a number of research institutes across Europe are working overtime to find a digital tool that could help stem the tide of the new coronavirus.
The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is working on an app that does not use any location services, can be used voluntarily and conforms to all German data protection laws; they are confident that they will be able to present a solution to the problem within the next few weeks.
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