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Medical data, the most precious commodity

Julia Sieger.
Julia Sieger. © FRANCE 24

As many countries roll out contact-tracing apps, we tell you why people are concerned about their medical data and what could happen if it got into the hands of big tech like Google and Amazon. Many citizens are now calling for a balance between privacy and public health. 

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As many countries move to re-open their borders and restart their economies, Europe is rolling out contact-tracing apps as part of efforts to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections. Germany joins Italy and France in launching apps this week. The measures, however, are stirring concerns about privacy

Beyond contact-tracing apps like StopCovid, a project to create an AI-driven medical platform called the Health Data Hub is also causing controversy in France. It plans to store the medical data of French citizens in Microsoft's Cloud, prompting some to wonder if it poses sovereignty issues. 

In the rest of the show, we dig deeper into the subject of data privacy. Over time, information has become one of the world's most precious commodities with tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon creating data-driven empires.

The cities of the future are also being built on data to provide faster and more integrated user experiences to citizens. Guillaume Cordonnier, the deputy head of services at Capgemini and the co-author of a report entitled "Data, Cities and Citizens" tells about the key to building a robust smart city project built on a trustworthy relationship with inhabitants. 

And on the set of Test 24 this week, we try a device made by the French start-up MZ Technologie that helps operate a lift without physically touching the buttons.

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