How the German TousAntiCovid served in a police investigation

It all started last November 29 in Mainz, when a man fell to his death at the exit of a restaurant. As part of their investigation, the police then used Luca, the “contact tracing” application used in Germany, to try to find witnesses to the scene.

Finally, the security forces were able to find 21 people to help them in their investigation. If this approach started from a good intention, it goes without saying that it quickly caused an outcry among our neighbors. The contact tracing application is indeed not at all designed to allow the police to carry out investigations but for health purposes to fight against the Covid-19.

A precedent in Singapore

From then on, and as reported by Capital, the local data protection commissioner announced the opening of an investigation. Stefan Brink, Data Protection Commissioner of Baden-Württemberg explains as follows:

The present case is serious because the legal ban on the use of Contact tracing data for law enforcement purposes is clearly and unequivocally enshrined in the Infections Act.

In theory it seems indeed impossible that the police have access to this data. Several firewalls have even been added to protect them, specify our colleagues. This information is therefore only visible to the health services. The Luca app is now used by 35 million people in Germany and there is no doubt that this case should cause a lot of reaction.

Last year, we already told you about a similar story which made headlines. Thus, Desmond Tan, the Minister of the Interior of Singapore had not gone there by four paths and had affirmed that the data collected by the TraceTogether contact tracking application could be used by the police of the country within the framework of criminal investigations.