EU officials point finger at US tech companies for ‘imposing’ standards on Covid-19 apps, call for more ‘digital sovereignty’
Top digital officials in Europe have criticized US tech giants for imposing standards on Covid-19 tracing apps and called for Europe to wean itself off its reliance on foreign technology companies.
In a joint op-ed published on Monday, officials in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal said it had been a challenge to provide technical solutions to Covid-19 tracing efforts that “are effective across borders” in Europe while also maintaining specific national requirements. Europe, it said, is committed to developing “voluntary, open-source, privacy-preserving, temporary applications.”
Attempts to “impose” different technological standards by foreign companies would be a “missed opportunity” for collaboration between European governments and private sectors, they wrote.