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Germany opts for 'decentralized' Covid-19 contact-tracing system amid privacy concerns

By Matthew Newman and Arezki Yaïche
  • 27 Apr 2020 11:55
  • 28 Apr 2020 11:14
Germany has chosen a "decentralized" approach for storing citizens' data for Covid-19 contact-tracing apps, as privacy advocates warn of a risk of government surveillance if it is stored and processed in centralized servers.
Chancellery Minister Helge Braun and Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a joint statement yesterday that “we

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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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