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Brussels is testing a coordination of tracking apps

The European Commission is currently setting up a gateway service to connect national applications across the EU. Tests have just started, for effective operation scheduled for October.

Jean-Francois COLIN

The European Commission is currently setting up a gateway service to connect national applications across the EU. Tests have just started, for effective operation scheduled for October.

While the implementation of a covid contact tracing application is still pending in Luxembourg, the European Commission is currently busy installing a gateway service to connect the different national applications across the EU. Since Friday, trials have started between the servers of official applications in six states: the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Latvia. The gateway will be operated from the Commission’s data center in Luxembourg. It will actually start operating in October.

In practice, this new digital infrastructure, called “Interoperability gateway”, will allow national applications to operate seamlessly even across borders. Thus, users will only need to install one app and will still be able to report a positive test or receive an alert, even if they are traveling abroad.

The information exchanged will be in a “pseudonymized” format, they will be encrypted, limited to the minimum required and kept only for the time necessary to ensure the tracing of infections. It will not be possible to identify natural persons.

For Thierry breton, Internal Market Commissioner, “personal travel and exchanges are at the heart of the European project and of the single market. The gateway will simplify these trips and exchanges and will save lives ”.

Her colleague Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety says that “coronavirus contact tracing and alerting applications that work across borders can be powerful tools in our efforts to stem the spread of covid-19 ”. The Cypriot adds that “used in a sufficiently broad way, these applications can help us to break the chains of transmission”.

This new digital infrastructure on a European scale could accelerate the creation of a Luxembourg tracking application. Because as a reminder, if the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (DP) at the end of April said he was “open” to a form of tracing, but under certain conditions, it is still today analog – and not computer – tracing – operated by the dedicated unit of the Luxembourg Sanitary Inspectorate which remains in force in the Grand -Duchy.


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