A failure in the application to the tracking of the COVID-19 (a new coronavirus) has exposed the data of more than 1 million people) in Qatar. According to Amnesty International, on Tuesday (26), the vulnerability of the EHTERAZ was discovered following an investigation carried out by the laboratory for the safety of the body.
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Uncovered by Amnesty International on the 21st of may and reported to the government of Qatar on the same day, the security breach was related to the information that is available in the QR Code of the application. Among the data exposed by the vulnerability is in the name, identity, state of health, and more than a million users.
“The lack of authentication, and the fact that the id’s for the national of Qatar to follow a consistent format meant that it was possible to generate automatically all the possible combinations of id and national, and to recover the sensitive data that is on the EHTERAZ stores,” he says.
The vulnerability has been fixed in the next day, on the 22nd of may. But that’s not the only thing that’s changing in the app, as revealed on Friday that the use of the EHTERAZ has now been made compulsory in the country, with a fine of QR 200,000 and up (about$ 290 thousand on the conversion to right hand), and up to three years in prison, if the app is not installed on the cell phone of a citizen of the catarense.
The authority also has regard to the requirement of the application. According to Amnesty International, these tools are critical in the fight against the disease. The authorities, however, are expected to respect human rights and the privacy of our users.
“All governments should ensure that applications for contact tracing will remain fully voluntary and in line with human rights,” said Claudio Guarnieri, the Head of the Laboratory for the Safety of the Amnesty International report.
This is more of a controversy involving application to trace a new coronavirus in the past few weeks. At the beginning of may, a woman was asked for to compel the workers in the public and private sectors to install the app to the indian in order to monitor the disease.
With more than 45 countries have come up with their own solutions and to monitor the disease with the help of technology, such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom, according to the company. In April, the European Union has introduced a guide to the development of the application.
Information: Amnesty International report, Mashable, and Engadget