LJUBLJANA – Criticism of proposed tracing app

In a debate in the parliament’s labour committee, the opposition accused Janez Janša’s government of “slowly introducing dictatorship”.

The debated bill on a new stimulus package provides a legal framework for introducing a mobile tracing app for coronavirus infections, but the opposition says the government has introduced hidden repression, control and supervision of citizens among the proposed measures.

Parliament’s legal service was critical of the provisions for the mobile app.

“The proposed design of the mobile application is based on the wrong premise that it is not about processing personal data,” said a legal expert of the parliament, explaining that the application, despite being anonymous, is based on processing personal data of those for whom the use will be mandatory.

Social Democrat leader, MEP Tanja Fajon, was also critical of the proposed measures.

“Mandatory mobile application is unacceptable for SD. We support the mobile application, if necessary, on a voluntary basis, with anonymous use and without tracking. For now, we propose deleting such a decision that would introduce mandatory citizen tracking and tracing,” said the MEP. (Zoran Radosavljević | EURACTIV.com)

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