Germany: Federal government announces decentralised coronavirus app

The German government walked back a proposal to design a centralised COVID-19 contacts tracing app, it will instead adopt a decentralised architecture with information stored on individual phones, government spokesperson Steffen Seibert confirmed during a press conference in Berlin on Monday. «There was a decision made last weekend for a decentralised solution, a solution that only stores data on the device and not on a central location, and it is our belief, that this creates faith for the citizens,» announced Mr. Seibert. The decision was made amid an outcry among German citizens and media who rejected the idea of a centralised app. «The controversy that we had, threatened or had the potential to minimise the acceptance of this app and that is why it was right to take a new direction,» confirmed Steffen Seibert. During the same press conference, the labour and social affairs department discussed a proposal being planned regarding a more permanent remote working plan nationwide. «The experience of past years has shown that there were companies where employees would have preferred to work from a home office but this was not made possible. There we would like to open up new possibilities,» explained labour and social affairs spokesperson Christina Jaeger. She went on to say that the minister of the department that she represents «would like to show a proposal by fall.» Germany has reported over 158,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began, while at least 5,985 people have died with the virus so far.

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