Coronavirus: Warning-App launches on Tuesday – so it should work

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The official Corona-Warning-App of the Covenant will be presented on Tuesday. The German press Agency learned on Sunday in Berlin. Last Tests had gone very well, it said. After dpa information the App should be ready on Monday evening in the Google and Apple Stores for Download.

With the App, the Corona chains of Infection should be detected better. You should ensure that in the case of a easing for the public life increases the spread of the Coronavirus strong again.

With the appointment Tuesday of a corresponding RTL/n-tv-message from Friday was confirmed. For further information, the App should be presented on the morning of the Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU), interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), Chancellor’s office chief Helge Braun (CDU) and representatives of the company – Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges and SAP Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jürgen Müller -.

Use of voluntarily – App measures via Bluetooth

Owners of Smartphones can voluntarily decide whether you want to install the Warn-App or not. The App can also be subsequently deactivated, or uninstalled.

The App measures the short-range radio Bluetooth, if users of the App came over a period of 15 minutes or longer closer than about two meters. This shock is transmitted every two and a half to five minutes of anonymous identification numbers. The place of meeting is not recorded. A user is tested positive for Covid-19, and this Information in the App is sharing, be informed the other user that you have stayed in the past in the vicinity of an infected Person.

The launch of the App was originally planned for the end of April. Not decided at this time, the Federal government, then, to instruct the project team, but the company, SAP and T-Systems with the implementation.

“What makes an overall solid impression”

Chancellery chief brown acknowledged gaps in the development of the App. “From today’s point of view, we have the decision to entrust the company with the technical implementation of the Corona App, ten days earlier to meet”, said the CDU politician of the “world on Sunday”. Brown also spoke of differences in the original project team, which would have prevented a quick success.

The App is a multi-stage data protection concept was implemented. The Federal privacy Commissioner, Ulrich Kelber, praised the App. “What makes an overall solid impression,” he told the “Saarbrücker Zeitung” (Monday). “I believe it is especially important that the documents relevant to data protection, in particular the data protection impact assessment, a result for the Start of the App finished.” You should be from the first day to the public, in order to create in the population, trust and acceptance, as Kelber.

The data protection Commissioner stressed further, according to the publication, the next Phase of the Work necessary to start. “I am confident that the parties tackle open issues and any findings as soon as possible.” Only then would engage in a sufficient number of citizens.

The developer of the Corona-Warning App after extensive testing to be confident that the proposed distance measurement by means of the Bluetooth wireless will also work in everyday life. “In the meantime, we are convinced that we have a good solution that can be used to start – even if we don’t know that she’s perfect,” said SAP Manager Müller, the German press Agency.

The Fraunhofer Institute IIS in Erlangen, by played in Tests of the German concrete scenarios: Sitting in a Restaurant, standing in line, stay in public transport. It was measured, how precise the Smartphones detected in the distance. “In the real world, we will learn even more”, said Müller.

The greens and the Left had demanded a legal basis for the App, in order to prevent discrimination in everyday transactions for people who do not want to use the App.

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