Qatar Has Made Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Mandatory

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LONDON — On May 18, Qatar became the latest country to make downloading a coronavirus contact tracing app mandatory for citizens and residents, raising privacy concerns because the app can access photos, videos, and location data on the user’s phone.

The government launched the app, called Ehteraz — which means “precaution” — in late April, but authorities said this week the app had to be installed when “leaving the house for any reason,” starting on May 22.

It’s unclear why exactly the app needs to access pictures and videos in the

 


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