The screening application that intends to warn people who have contacted people infected with Covid-19 is technologically ready, but awaits the government’s green light for articulation with the health system, Business, in this Wednesday’s edition. THE Observer Radio, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, said that the application “is in the final stage of validation by the National Data Protection Commission [CNPD]”And will be available“ very soon ”.
To Business, Rui Oliveira, project coordinator, says that “the system is ready, but it cannot go to the market because integration with health continues to lack”. As the Observer had already written, the availability of the application depends on the integration work with the health services. This is because, being anonymous, you should always ensure that a doctor has confirmed an infection. However, this integration and collaboration with the health system is not yet ready to be operationalized. For that, a legislative initiative would have been necessary that would not have happened. “We are still waiting for the Government to adopt the app”, adds Rui Oliveira.
The team from the Institute of Systems Engineering, Computers, Technology and Science (INESC-TEC), which is developing the StayAway Covid application, predicted that it would reach the market at the end of June.
The Prime Minister, António Costa, has defended the creation and use of this type of mobile applications, defending that they are “an important public health measure”. The National Data Protection Commission (CNPD) tells the newspaper that it is “soon” to evaluate the application.
THE Observer Radio, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, confirms that the application “is in the final stage of validation by the National Data Protection Commission [CNPD]”, With a report on the impact of users’ privacy being made for the first time. “This app will soon be available,” he stressed.
INESC-TEC is working in collaboration with other European countries so that the application is used in an integrated manner in the European space, namely “for those who want to come to Portugal”.
To date, CNPD “has not raised any obstacles”. “In all European countries, the app has to be properly validated, requiring a process of assessing the impact of data privacy, which has never been done before. It was executed by the INESC-TEC team and is currently in its final evaluation. It is not just a matter of raising problems, it is a matter of validating the rules because we have to guarantee the principles of privacy and total non-discrimination of the application ”, said the minister.