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Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency

Starting late last week, citizens and residents have been required to have the Ehteraz contact-tracing app installed on mobile devices when leaving their homes, allowing the government to track if the user has been in touch with an infected person.

Not having the app installed could lead to a maximum fine of $55,000 or three years in prison.

But the announcement, days before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, led users to raise privacy concerns as the app requires access to files on the phone and permanent use of its GPS and Bluetooth for location tracking.

Source: Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency | Qatar News | Al Jazeera

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