The European system Gateway was launched on Monday, October 19, by EU Commissioner for the Single Market Thierry Breton. According to him, member countries have launched their applications for voluntary contact tracing and alert, and the European Commission has supported them by providing secure communication.
The service will only handle arbitrary keys generated by the applications. Aliases will be used instead of the names of infected people, information will be encrypted and stored to a minimum extent and only as long as necessary to track the infection. The names of specific individuals and their locations will also be unavailable.
After the pilot phase, the first national applications have joined the service: Corona-Warn-App in Germany, COVID tracker in Ireland, and Immuno in Italy. A total of about 30 million people downloaded them, which is two-thirds of the applications downloaded in the EU.
The second group of applications will be connected to the service next week after protocol tests, checks, and updates. These are Czech eRouska, Danish Smitte stop, Latvian Apturi COVID, and Spanish Radar Covid.
In total, about 20 applications based on decentralized systems will be connected to the Gateway system.
Recall that today the European Commission has published a COVID-card of the EU, with 19 countries in the “red zone”.