What the parties say about the mandatory StayAway Covid app

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The day after the Government announced that it was going to bring to the Assembly of the Republic a bill to make the Stayaway Covid application (and the use of an outdoor mask) mandatory, this Thursday the reactions of parties.

Not even the party that supports the Government, the Socialist Party, has a closed position on a theme that the other groups have shown to be unfavorable.

Presidential candidate Ana Gomes also reacted. On Twitter, the former PS MEP wrote this Thursday that “it is unconstitutional to make the StayAwayCovid app mandatory”, because “in addition to the violation of privacy in a country where CNPD [Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados] has no teeth, ineffectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, would be tantamount to enshrining discrimination against the poorest and most vulnerable elderly “.

PS without closed position

The parliamentary leader of the PS said on Thursday that the bench does not yet have a closed position on the mandatory use of the Stayaway Covid application and will request urgent hearings from experts in health, rights and freedoms and data protection.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the meeting of the PS parliamentary group, Ana Catarina Mendes stressed that, given the increasing numbers of the pandemic, her bench “agrees with the mandatory use of masks when there are crowds on the public road”.

Regarding the mandatory nature proposed by the Government – and which will be debated in parliament next Friday – regarding the use of the application, the leader of the PS bench admitted “constitutionality doubts” and issues in other fields.

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