Oyvind Vasassen is Norway’s Chief of Security. Tell NRK(Opens in new tab): “It is not my duty to give travel advice, but I personally would not bring my mobile phone on a visit to Qatar,” likening the scope of official applications to giving someone the keys to your house.
To be able to travel to the Middle East and experience the tournament live, you will need the Covid-19 tracker “Ehteraz” on your smartphone. This app is required along with the Hayya app.
How do the applications work
Vasaasen claimed Ehteraz holds access to “many rights” on your phone, including the ability to read, delete and change all content and access to WiFi and Bluetooth networks to bypass other applications and prevent the phone going to sleep.
Naomi Lintvedt (a research fellow at University of Oslo Law School) stated that she wouldn’t permit employees to work remotely from their phones in Qatar if it was her job.
Politico reported that the French data protection authority CNIL at Politico recommended that travelers bring an empty smartphone… or an unrepaired phone” and that they should take particular care with photos, videos, or digital works that could pose a problem while adhering to the laws of the destination country.
UK regulators are also aware. A spokesperson for UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office said: Record We recommend that football fans review the news from the agency, as it is “aware” of media reports about it and will consider the potential effect on the privacy rights UK citizens. data rights page(Opens in new tab).
The ICO does not have an opinion on whether or no it is a good idea.
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