No app to trace contacts without legal basis

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A Covid-19 contact tracking application should not be introduced without a legal basis. The Council of States requires it by 32 votes to 10 in a motion, the National decides Tuesday. For the Federal Council, this request is already fulfilled.

The Swiss application DP-3T should be on the market by May 11. It must make it possible to trace people who have come into contact with a person tested positive for the virus and to warn them of the risk to which they have been exposed.

Senators are concerned about the consequences that such an application could have on the private sphere. They therefore insisted that this application should be based on a solid legal basis. Furthermore, use must be on a voluntary basis. Only technical solutions that do not store personal data centrally should be used.

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Interior Minister Alain Berset unsuccessfully opposed the motion. All the requests made have already been met, the government indicated in its response to the motion. The proximity tracking system as a whole is based on cryptographic methods and highly decentralized data processing.

As far as possible, it does not contain any data allowing the identification of people. The location data is not recorded at all, assures the government.

Only the attending physician and the cantonal center tracking contacts, which already exists, know the identity of the infected person. Only they can empower an infected person to report the infection to the system anonymously by sending them an authorization code.

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