French virus tracing app goes live amid debate over privacy
France is rolling out an official coronavirus contact-tracing app aimed at containing fresh outbreaks as lockdown restrictions gradually ease.
It is the first major European country to deploy the smartphone technology amid simmering debate over privacy fears.
The French will able to download the app starting Tuesday, the same day they’ll once again be allowed to go to restaurants and cafes, parks and beaches and museums and monuments.
Neighbors including the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Switzerland are developing their own apps, though they’re using different technical protocols, raising questions about compatibility across Europe’s borders.