Google Apple Protocol RadarCOVID lacks full audit: in the Netherlands they ask for more guarantees before activating their tracking app - The Dutch Data Protection Authority has asked the Dutch government to hold meetings with Apple and Google to verify that the contact tracking technology used by National apps is 100% secure with users ' privacy.

The Spanish app to track contacts, for example, is called RadarCOVID, and uses the protocol developed by these two multinationals.

This protocol consists of phones transmitting and receiving encrypted codes via Bluetooth from nearby devices, so that each terminal can make a history of 'close contacts' for days. If a user reports their positive for COVID-19 on an app that uses this protocol, mobile phones that have been close to them will receive a notice of possible exposure to a contagion.

The Apple and Google Protocol was inspired by one called DP-3T that was developed by researchers from all over Europe led by the Spanish Carmela Troncoso, researcher at the Lausanne Polytechnic School in Switzerland. This DP-3T protocol advocated that user data be managed in a decentralized manner.

In mid-April it became known that the Spanish government had joined a European consortium called PEPP-PT that was seeking to develop a technology to help in contact tracing and prevent COVID-19 contagion. However, this consortium ended up defending a model in which the data generated in the nearby contacts were uploaded to a centralized server.

Google Apple Protocol RadarCOVID lacks full audit

This model, the centralized one, ended up being adopted by countries like the UK and France, among critics of collective hackers and organizations in defense of privacy.

Finally, in May Apple and Google introduced their API. Since these two technologies are the owners of iOS and Android operating systems, present in most phones in the world, most countries surrendered to the evidence: they could not develop any protocol that would not accept these two firms, ultimately responsible for making this technology compatible with their systems.

This was not without controversy. The Spanish government itself harshly criticized the unilaterality of these two multinationals. The Secretary of State for digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas, regretted that an "opportunity" for public-private collaboration had been missed.

Now, the Dutch Data Protection Agency has asked the government of its country that "the privacy of users of coronavirus apps is still not guaranteed enough."

In a statement, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) believes that the country's Ministry of Health should reach agreements with Google and Apple and the law should be adapted accordingly to regulate the use of this application.

For this reason, the DPA is asking the government not to launch the contact tracking app until these previous steps have been taken.

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However, the president of the DPA, Aleid Wolfsen, assures that the application developed by the Dutch administration has been developed correctly. "The application has been clearly developed with privacy as a principle. There are enough tools to ensure that third parties can read data traffic."

In Spain, RadarCOVID has the same tools: encrypted data traffic, mobile communicating using randomly generated encrypted codes. The problem lies in the protocol on which the app is based to work; the protocol of Apple and Google.

In this regard, the main concern of the Dutch DPA lies in the two technology protocol: it is unclear whether firms can collect data from users using this technology. "It is unclear to the DPA whether these two US giants can collect user data by combining technology with the operating system."

"If so: what about the data?"asks the control body.

The DPA movement is the first that a Data Protection Agency gives across Europe, after a collective of digital activists, X.net, warned in Spain that the protocol of Apple and Google has not been able to audit 100%.

Thus, the Netherlands could be the first country in Europe to ask Apple and Google for more information on how the protocol that many states are blindly relying on to develop their tracking apps works.

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Bathroom doors that open without touching them: the invention against the coronavirus that is being tested by a Japanese airline

Japanese airline ANA is testing a new door for the toilets of its planes that opens without touching it with his hands, according to CNN.

The hygiene of aircraft toilets was already a concern before the health crisis, but has increased with the pandemic.

Aircraft toilets are often disinfected between use and use, but it is difficult to access a completely clean one in the middle of a flight, and in addition, there is the problem of lack of space, which limits possible improvements to the current system.

Now, aircraft toilet doors often open inward and feature small handles instead of knobs, also as a latch. That'S why ANA - who is also testing flights that are not going anywhere— now has an airplane door that is activated with the elbow, a hygienic invention that at the same time adapts to the available space.

For now, it is a prototype that is testing in the lounge of Tokyo International Airport, Japan, until the end of August, looking for feedback. If she receives the desired ratings and is easy to use, ANA could extend the invention to her airplanes.

The door has been designed by JAMCO, a company specialized in products for the aviation industry, which is known for its aircraft seats, kitchens and, precisely, its sinks.

Airlines are struggling to regain customer confidence after having suffered almost total flight stoppages in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, new travel restrictions are making it harder for air traffic to recover, so companies in the sector believe they do not believe they will recover pre-pandemic flight levels until 2024.

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