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      4 The Portugal News • 23 May  2020


      Beaches app declared safe                                                            A new app to help beach users to find out how crowded their
                                                                                           A new app to help beach users to find out how crowded their
                                                                                           A new app to help beach users to find out how crowded their
                                                                                           A new app to help beach users to find out how crowded their
                                                                                           A new app to help beach users to find out how crowded their
                                                                                           local beach in Portugal is has been launched amid controversy
                                                                                           local beach in Portugal is has been launched amid controversy
                                                                                           local beach in Portugal is has been launched amid controversy
                                                                                           local beach in Portugal is has been launched amid controversy
                                                                                           local beach in Portugal is has been launched amid controversy
                                                                                           regarding data protection.
                                                                                           regarding data protection.
                                                                                           regarding data protection.
                                                                                           regarding data protection.
                                                                                           regarding data protection.
                                                                                              D3 stated that the Info Praia app,  measures implemented to
                                                                                              “did not have its code open and  consult the traffic light system on
                                                                                              available, asked for excessive  the beaches remotely.
                                                                                              permissions, and did not even  In less than a day, the application
                                                                                              provide a privacy policy”.   made it on the list of the most
                                                                                              At issue, was mainly information  installed in iOS application
                                                                                              that was on the Google Play (or  download stores, the App Store
                                                                                              Play Store) page. In this platform  (Apple), and Google Play,
                                                                                              for downloading applications,  Android.
                                                                                              when accessed through the    The Info Praia app was launched
                                                                                              browser, it was said that in order  in 2019. Initially, the goal was to
                                                                                 Beaches will
                                                                                 Beaches will
                                                                                 Beaches will
                                                                                 Beaches will
                                                                                 Beaches will
                                                                                 reopen on 6
                                                                                 reopen on 6
                                                                                 reopen on 6
                                                                                 reopen on 6  to work in some versions of the  allow quick consultation on
                                                                                 reopen on 6
                                                                                 June and the
                                                                                 June and the
                                                                                 June and the  app, authorisations were    beaches and bathing water
                                                                                 June and the
                                                                                 June and the
                                                                                 public is    considered as access to the  quality. The APA informs that the
                                                                                 public is
                                                                                 public is
                                                                                 public is
                                                                                 public is
                                                                                 being
                                                                                 being        microphone or to the user’s  information provided by the
                                                                                 being
                                                                                 being
                                                                                 being
                                                                                 encouraged
                                                                                 encouraged
                                                                                 encouraged
                                                                                 encouraged
                                                                                 encouraged   photos or phone information.  Portuguese Environment Agency
                                                                                 to download
                                                                                 to download
                                                                                 to download  The APA responded to the     is complemented by the daily
                                                                                 to download
                                                                                 to download
                                                                                 the Info Praia
                                                                                 the Info Praia
                                                                                 the Info Praia
                                                                                 the Info Praia  questions sent by Observador,  weather forecast data provided by
                                                                                 the Info Praia
                                                                                 app to see if
                                                                                 app to see if
                                                                                 app to see if
                                                                                 app to see if
                                                                                 app to see if  clarifying that “the versions that  the service of the Portuguese
                                                                                 their beach
                                                                                 their beach
                                                                                 their beach
                                                                                 their beach  were made available to the public”  Institute of the Sea and
                                                                                 their beach
                                                                                 of choice is
                                                                                 of choice is
                                                                                 of choice is
                                                                                 of choice is
                                                                                 of choice is
                                                                                 full or still
                                                                                 full or still
                                                                                 full or still  did not request these accesses. “It  Atmosphere, IP.
                                                                                 full or still
                                                                                 full or still
                                                                                 has space.
                                                                                 has space.   is clarified further, avoiding any  Beaches will reopen on June 6
                                                                                 has space.
                                                                                 has space.
                                                                                 has space.
                                                                                              doubts that still existed, that the  and the public is being
            ollowing criticism from the  location and favourite beaches,  purpose of the proximity and  Beta version [trial version] was  encouraged to download the app
            digital rights association  is stored exclusively on the user’s  indication of route directions via  removed, which was not available  to see if their beach of choice is
            D3, the Portuguese      device and no personal       Google Maps”, says the APA.  to the general public, as can be  full or still has space.
      FEnvironment Agency says      information is transmitted to third  Observador mentions that the  confirmed in the Play Store.”  The new rules at beaches
      that information regarding    parties or the APA”, says this  Portuguese Environment Agency,  The Info Praia app was  include requiring groups to stay
      excessive permissions was from  entity in response to criticisms  as the entity responsible for the  mentioned by the Prime Minister,  1.5 metres apart, deck-chairs
      a test version of the new Info  made by the association for  Info Praia application, takes its  António Costa, during the  only being booked for the
      Praia app.                    Digital Rights D3.           users’ right to privacy seriously.  presentation of the rules for  morning or afternoon, and beach
      According to the Portuguese   The same entity adds that “the  “The Info Praia app is made  attending the beaches during the  sports of two people or more are
      online newspaper Observador,  application does not require a  available with the commitment to  upcoming bathing season as one  not be allowed.
      the Portuguese Environment    user registration, thus it does not  ensure the quality of service and  of the solutions for control.  The Prime Minister stated that
      Agency (APA) says that the Info  collect any personal data”. The  navigation in safety and in  According to the executive, the  police would not be enforcing
      Praia app is completely safe for  only permission that is requested  absolute respect for the protection  Info Praia app provides updated  these rules, but asked people to
      users.                        from the user, at the time of  of the privacy of its users.”  information continuously and in  adhere to measures by
      “All information collected, [about]  installation, is the location, for the  In a statement sent to Observador,  real time, being one of the  themselves.
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