EU - Coronavirus Tracking Apps Should Avoid Storing Data

Arno Froese

Mobile apps to track coronavirus cases in Europe should keep as much data as possible on the user’s device rather than in a central server to best maintain individual privacy, an EU document says. 

European countries hope that rolling out mobile apps to track coronavirus cases will make it easier to lift the lockdown orders that have crushed European and world economies. 

But the EU, which has some of the strongest data protection rules in the world, is keen to ensure that such systems do not compromise privacy by allowing unauthorized access to sensitive data. 

The document recommended a decentralized approach to storing data, which it compared with the methods used in many Asian countries, where most data is kept on a centralized server. 

EU data privacy rules known as GDPR adopted two years ago impose steep fines on companies that fail to comply. 

-www.reuters.com, 16 April 2020

Arno's commentary

Protecting individuals’ rights is enshrined in the European constitution, with some of the strongest data protection rules in the world. Doubtless, loopholes will be found and used. Stored data will become available globally, and the present pandemic is definitely asking for greater and closer cooperation to successfully fight COVID-19 and other pandemics in the future.

At this point in time, the coronavirus seems to defy all logic. Take Hong Kong, for example; it is one of the densest populated cities in the world, with about 7.5 million inhabitants. Located next to mainland China, yet it reports only 4 dead due to coronavirus as of 20 April 2020. The other success story is the island of Taiwan, with a population of almost 24 million; it has registered only 6 coronavirus deaths as of the same date. These strange figures have given fuel for conspiracy theorists, who always seem to know things no one else does. What we do know—with 100% assurance—is that these tragedies, which now have become 100% global, are a foreshadowing of that which is to come, namely the Great Tribulation.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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