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Dutch Government Pauses Coronavirus App Over Data Leak Fears

April 30, 2021

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced late Wednesday that the CoronaMelder app will stop sending warnings for 48 hours while the government checks if users’ data is secure.

The Dutch app uses “exposure notification” technology developed by Google and Apple that generates random codes that can be exchanged by phones whose users are close to one another for long enough to possibly transmit the virus.

The Dutch health ministry says that it is possible for other apps on Android phones to access data about whether its user’s had been infected and its contacts with other phones.

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