France hopes to deploy its state-supported “StopCOVID” contact search application by June 2, the country’s digital affairs minister, Cedric O, while regretting that Apple has refused to participate in the project.
“We hope to have something by June 2,” Cédric O told BFM Business TV. “We are continuing our roadmap,” he added.
“Apple could have helped us improve the iPhone app. They did not want it, “he said.
“I regret it, given that we are in a period when everyone is mobilized to fight the epidemic, and given that a large company that is doing so economically well is not helping a government in this crisis” .
He said he couldn’t explain the reasoning behind Apple’s decision not to participate.
Apple officials in France did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The French state-backed “StopCOVID” contact search application is expected to enter its testing phase the week of May 11, when the country begins to untie its lockout, the minister said earlier this month.
Countries are rushing to develop applications that, along with a broader testing and monitoring program, are seen as essential for easing the social distancing rules that have virtually closed global economies.
However, some lawmakers in France have raised privacy concerns as reasons to be cautious about these COVID tracking applications.
Britain will begin testing its own COVID-19 tracking application on the Isle of Wight from Tuesday.
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