Criticism of data protection: Kretschmann: "Corona app just a crutch"

Criticism of data protection
Kretschmann: "Corona app just a crutch"

CDU politicians complain that the Corona warning app does not share enough information. Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Kretschmann also shares this view. The Green politician thinks the data protection requirements of the app are too high and calls for a rethink.

Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann considers the high data protection requirements to be an obstacle in the fight against the corona pandemic. "It cannot be the ultimate wisdom that in a pandemic we wall ourselves in on the subject of data protection in such a way that we prefer to intervene massively in other basic rights and the living conditions of citizens, and leave the basic right to informational self-determination completely untouched," said the Greens -Politicians of the "Welt am Sonntag".

Due to data protection, the Corona warning app is "just a crutch". In such a severe crisis it must be possible to develop a "fast, powerful, comprehensive control instrument" and "to address data protection from time to time".

Kretschmann also advocated loosening the prioritization of vaccinations if the vaccine should not be used because of people's reluctance. Prioritization is important, at least as long as the vaccine is in short supply. "At the same time, we cannot afford the vaccine standing around and not being vaccinated because some of those entitled reject it. Then we have to loosen up this strict regime and vaccinate people who are not yet in turn after the prioritization," emphasized Kretschmann.

The Astrazeneca vaccine in particular has met with reservations from some people. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder told "Bild am Sonntag": "Before he stays lying down, vaccinate whoever wants. No can of Astrazeneca must be left over or thrown away. Because everyone who is vaccinated protects himself and others."