The StopCovid application, which should make it possible to trace contacts with people diagnosed positive for the coronavirus, will be ready on June 2 to support deconfinement, without having recourse to Apple and Google platforms, the Secretary of State for Digital Cedric O. “Today, we can say that we will be ready for June 2”, Mr. O said on BFM Business. During the presentation of his deconfinement plan, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had maintained his confidence in the project, which arouses criticism even within the majority, reaffirming his desire to submit it to a debate followed by a vote in the Assembly “When the application under development will work and before its implementation”.
For Cedric O, “ development time is progressing relatively well ” and the schedule is now established. ” Next week we will enter the testing phase, that is to say that we will reproduce real situations to check that the application works well. This would allow us, I think, if the Prime Minister and the conference of presidents of the assemblies decide, to ensure that we can come back to parliamentarians (…) in the week of May 25 to consider a deployment during the second phase deconfinement from June 2 ”.
“The fight against the coronavirus is the business of states”
The Secretary of State plans that the National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (Cnil) can also pronounce on the subject by the end of May. It now excludes a partnership with the American giants Apple and Google, which control the two large global application stores (App store and Google Play store) and want to quickly offer a common base for a contact tracing application. ” We refused “ Apple and Google solutions ” which in our opinion pose a certain number of problems in terms of privacy protection and in terms of interconnection with the health system ”, explained Cedric O.
“It is for these problems, not because Apple and Google are big bad wolves, that we refused to go through their solutions. We will have a solution that will work very satisfactorily on all phones and we consider that controlling the health system, the fight against the coronavirus, is the business of States (…) not necessarily that of large companies American “, added the Secretary of State for Digital.