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Parliamentary questions
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23 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Patrick Breyer
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Tracking and tracing citizen movements in response to the coronavirus

1. Can the Commission confirm research (1) that demonstrates that tracing apps intended to reduce the number of infected agents are less effective than conducting random testing, and can it confirm that their deployment would result in a sharp increase in the number of agents that need testing?

2. Does it agree that citizens who do not receive warning messages should be tested, and that tracing apps are recommended when testing abilities are insufficient?

3. The general and indiscriminate collection of anonymised location data provided by mobile phone operators allows public authorities to identify all public and non-public meetings. Does the Commission agree that establishing such a database creates the potential for crowd control, especially as law enforcement and intelligence authorities can identify the participants of detected meetings by requesting individualised communications data?

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