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Thursday, 14 May 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Use of contact tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus (debate)
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  Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI). – Mr President, COVID-19 is also testing us digitally. Health systems can look after their citizens without geolocation and undue control of their privacy. With or without COVID—19, governments do not need to know where citizens are at all times. There are technologies aligned with these principles and it is not acceptable that EU governments use invasive software. We do not need to go to China to see alarming practices. Spain is routinely censoring websites and apps. GitHub has been pressured by the Spanish Government to censor codes, and the Government of Pedro Sánchez recently hinted at plans to use an app that would track citizens to see if they change regions. This is happening within the EU and should not be tolerated. Europe must lead by example, safeguarding civil rights and individual freedom, including in the digital world.

 
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