Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša called for Europe to create a single app to track the coronavirus, pushing back against the idea that the technology should be totally voluntary.
The intervention by the right-wing leader comes after the country’s data protection authority last week urged lawmakers vote against plans to make a coronavirus contact-tracing app mandatory for those diagnosed with the illness.
At least 19 European countries have a national contact-tracing app, or plans to introduce one.
The technology tells users if they have come into close contact with those infected, and promises to help governments keep a handle on the virus.
While the European Commission has said that apps can prove a useful tool in the fight against the virus, it has backed calls from data protection authorities for the technology to adhere to the bloc’s strict privacy rules and to be voluntary.
Speaking today at an event alongside Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán, Janša said that an at least partially mandatory app was “the only alternative” to keep Europe’s tourism sector and economy going.
“Until we have vaccine against COVID-19 … at least partially normal life we can only live or introduce only if we create a digital application for virus tracking which is not totally voluntary,” he said.
“And this is something where we need Europe, to coordinate this to create one application for whole continent and after that one application, if there is no vaccine before end of the year, for whole world.”
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