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Paris during a lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease
The mayor of Paris has called for a loosening of restrictions alongside mass testing Credit: REUTERS

三级成人视频Proposals to ease France’s lockdown restrictions while carrying out mass screening and using mobile phone data for contact tracing would be hampered by public concerns about privacy and civil liberties, a poll indicated on Sunday.

三级成人视频The government is developing a “StopCovid” contact tracing application that would use location tracking to send phone alerts to people who have come into close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus. They would then get tested or self-isolate.

But nearly half of French people would refuse to download the “StopCovid” app because of concerns about confidentiality and privacy, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday. The survey by IFOP, a leading polling firm, for the Jean-Jaurès Foundation think tank, suggests that 53 per cent of people would be hostile to a compulsory tracing system using mobile data.

三级成人视频The government has indicated that the mobile app would not be compulsory, but the poll suggests that only 46 per cent of French people would agree to use it. Left-wing voters are most opposed to mobile phone tracking, but the number of Right-wing supporters who back the plan is only marginally higher.

Cédric O, the digital minister, insisted that the data gathered would be confidential. “It would be a tool installed voluntarily that could be uninstalled at any time. The data would be anonymous and deleted after a certain time.”

The government argues that contact tracing has proved effective in South Korea三级成人视频 and Singapore in curbing the spread of the virus.

Jacques Toubon, France’s ombudsman and a former justice minister, said the need to stem the spread of the virus must be balanced against any restriction of personal freedoms. “We live in a democracy under the rule of law, which confers a certain number of fundamental rights and I am responsible, along with the courts, for ensuring they are respected. Among them is the right to privacy.” 

Edouard Philippe, the prime minister, called for a parliamentary debate on digital contact tracing, acknowledging that “it raises many questions when there is a need for national unity to exit from the lockdown.” 

三级成人视频Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has called for a loosening of restrictions to be accompanied by mass testing, with “immunisation certificates” issued to people who have recovered, while those infected could be placed in quarantine.  

三级成人视频However, the government has indicated that it is not yet time to consider ending the lockdown. Emmanuel Macron, the president, is expected to announce its extension until at least May 15, possibly longer, in a televised address to the nation on Monday night.