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France weighs Covid-19 contact-tracing app after lockdown is lifted, digital minister says

By Arezki Yaïche and Matthew Newman
  • 17 Apr 2020 10:38
  • 17 Apr 2020 10:45

France should have all the necessary tools — including a contact-tracing app — to prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 after the country’s lockdown is lifted, provided that civil liberties are respected, French digital minister Cedric O told lawmakers today.

< “My personal feeling is that we need to be equipped with all the tools

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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