Still not ready, the StopCovid application will be voted on in the National Assembly

Before the National Assembly, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the StopCovid application, designed by the government to monitor people infected with coronavirus, was still under development and that its launch will be the subject of a debate and a vote before parliamentarians.

Unlike Germany or Great Britain, and unless there is a miracle in the ten days to come, France will not be equipped with a “population tracking” application after the confinement planned for 11 may. It was Prime Minister Edouard Philippe who announced this Tuesday during his speech before the National Assembly.

Announced it a month ago, StopCovid is still not ready, and procrastination are many since France has decided to turn back to the solution developed by Google and Apple , and the arm of iron with Apple to make it compatible with the Bluetooth of the iPhone obviously does not help matters.

A debate then a vote

Another obstacle, and it is a major one: the application will be the subject of a parliamentary debate, and therefore of a vote. This is what the opposition was demanding, but also more generally those who were worried about a drift for individual freedoms. ”  Given the uncertainties about this application, I would be hard pressed to tell you if it works, and how it will work precisely.

So it seems to me that this debate is premature, ”said Edouard Philippe before the deputies. “  But I confirm my commitment: when the application under development will work and before its implementation, we will organize a specific debate, followed by a specific vote . “

No date is therefore advanced, and even if the CNIL  has validated in general the operation of StopCovid, this application will only be really useful if it is coupled with mass tests of people in contact with a patient and updates systematic quarantine.