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Immuni, the application that will have the object to control the propagation of the COVID-19 virus in the so-called "Phase 2 and Phase 3 ", is officially available on 1 June 2020 on the Android and iOS stores.

Contrary to other European countries that have relied on Google or other international companies for the creation of this app, Immuni was developed free of charge for the Italian government by Bending Spoons, a company based in Milan.

The purpose of this app is to allow to track contacts between people (contact tracing), to identify the occurrence of new outbreaks and to act promptly, both both collectively and individually, to limit the damage caused by the virus.

In fact, the system warns individual users with notifications of any contacts with people who have tested positive for the virus (exposure notification) and implements all the necessary countermeasures, thus avoiding a greater spread of the infection.

Clearly, the benefits of this platform can be significant, but only if it is downloaded and used by as many people as possible.
For the use of Immuni to make sense, the app should be installed by over half of the Italian population.

Obviously the app is free and it is not mandatory to download it.

Many people have doubts regarding privacy and data management, so let's try to understand how this aspect works.

According to surveys carried out by various national and international companies and by the privacy guarantor, the Immuni app seems to have all the credentials to be considered safe and respectful of privacy.

The contact tracing/exposure notification apps are based on Bluetooth technology and more precisely on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), which has the advantage of consuming little energy (therefore the app in question, even if constantly running, has minimal impact on battery life).

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Once an application of this type is installed on the smartphone, if two users who have the same app meet, Bluetooth checks the proximity between the two (by measuring the signal) and if they are located about two meters away one for the other for a period of time deemed significant (estimated in about 15 min), make sure that the apps exchange identification codes.

In the case of Immuni, these identification codes do not contain information about the person, his contact details, the geographical position or the content of the smartphone: they only identify the device.

In addition, they are dynamic and encrypted: they change every hour and are encrypted, so as to be illegible even in the event of a possible capture of data by unauthorized parties.

Moreover, the registered identifiers are automatically deleted from each smartphone every 14 days and at the end of 2020, the entire database should be deleted, even if 14 days have not passed since the last automatic deletion of data.
Clearly, it is also possible to command its deletion manually.

So, ultimately, the privacy guarantor lets know that Immuni:

  • cannot trace the identity of its users

  • does not track movements via GPS

  • does not share any contact details of users

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The only data that is shared are the anonymous identification codes and the Province of domicile.
The information is saved locally on the smartphone and sent, through an encrypted connection, to Italian servers managed by public entities and controlled by the Ministry of Health.

Answers from the field, after the first few days of use, is quite positive and encouraging.

Two negative notes: the first is the presence of some bugs that depend on the operating systems and which, it seems, will be fixed as soon as possible. Apple and Google are working on this.

The second is the protest of the politicians of the LEGA, who have abandoned the parliamentary commission, contesting the choice to publish the app before hearing the opinion of the parliamentarians. MEPs displayed posters saying "You are immune to democracy".

Meanwhile, people's response has been good, so much so that there have already been a million downloads in the first two days.

To ensure that the spread is even greater, an extensive communication campaign is planned that will involve all the media.

Italy was the first large European country to acquire such a tool at national level. But without mass membership, it won't do much.

We will see if even the skeptics are convinced and what will be the benefits that the Immuni system will provide to the population.


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Many people have doubts regarding privacy and data management, so let's try to understand how this aspect works.

And I am almost 100% sure those people are already giving for free their data to facebook, google, etc. I can feel some irony here…

I the code opensource? I hope it is because this would reinsure many people (and also allow the community to scrutinise what the app does.

And I am almost 100% sure those people are already giving for free their data to facebook, google, etc. I can feel some irony here…

You feel good :D

Is the code opensource? I hope it is because this would reinsure many people (and also allow the community to scrutinise what the app does.

Yes, sure ---->

Thanks! Then if it is opensource, I don;t see the problem. Anyone can check the code and verify it is not fishy... Humans... :D

I think people in developing countries hardly care about their data. By the time they realize that someone somewhere is raking-in millions from their data, it will be too late.

Yes, in the actions that everyone does every day there is a big leakage of sensitive data... then, when there is an app that is useful for something and on which there are all the guarantees of security, the problem of privacy comes up.
Damn misinformation and ignorance.

Molto interessante! Chissà se servirà davvero...
Mi ricordo di Bending Spoons perché hanno realizzato anche un'altra app molto famosa, "LiveQuiz", in cui ogni giorno alle ore 13 c'è un quiz al quale si può partecipare in diretta e vincere buoni Amazon! 😂
Staremo a vedere se ci sarà successo anche con Immuni!

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Ah sì? Non la sapevo questa cosa di LiveQuiz... 😁
Funzionerà se le persone supereranno la paura della violazione della privacy (dopo che mettono qualunque dato personale su tutti i social...)

Grazie per il supporto! 🤗

Non la sapevo questa cosa di LiveQuiz... 😁

E' molto in voga tra i liceali, me l'ha fatta conoscere una ragazza a cui faccio ripetizioni, però l'idea è molto interessante, soprattutto perché si impara qualcosa di arte, politica, scienza, musica etc :)

dopo che mettono qualunque dato personale su tutti i social

Hai proprio ragione. E' un controsenso.
Io penso la scaricherò, anche solo per vedere come funziona.

Grazie a te, ciao :)

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Ne ho parlato con veramente tante persone.
Tutte hanno declinato con "eh ma la privacy", una considerazione però mi è sorta spontanea:
Sì ma il tuo cellulare ti traccia, android ti traccia, il tuo ISP può tracciarti.

Quest'app lungi da me dire sia perfetta (ad esempio le API di google impongono che il GPS sia sempre acceso), è open source, non traccia e conserva i dati fino alla fine di quest'anno su server del ministero, mica fuori dalla giurisdizione europea. Inoltre Non si sa né nome né cognome, perché l'app è stata costruita così.

Però oh facciamoci Gmail, account facebook, twitter ecc., che se no i memini, come li inviamo? Fa niente se conservano e vendono i miei dati a cani e porci.

Vedo due pesi e due misure.

Purtroppo è proprio così. Le persone si perdono spesso in un bicchiere d'acqua.

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Such an amazing application!