Every second person does not want to install a Corona-Warn-App

The Corona warning app continues to meet with great reservations among the population, although experts attest it a noticeable contribution to containing the pandemic.

In a survey conducted on behalf of the German Association for Consumer and Communications Technology (gfu), 52 percent of those surveyed stated that they did not want to install the Robert Koch Institute app. The study with 2000 respondents was published on Wednesday in the run-up to the IFA technology trade fair.

Just under half (48 percent) stated that the app had no personal added value for them. A third (33 percent) doubted that the data was sufficiently protected. Data protectionists and non-governmental organizations such as the Chaos Computer Club had expressly praised the app’s data protection concept at its launch. Just under a third (30 percent) feared interference with self-determination.

With over 17 million downloads in Germany, the application is one of the most successful applications in the Apple and Google App Stores. Around a third (35 percent) of those surveyed had already downloaded the app or planned to do so. 13 percent stated that it was technically impossible to install the app on their computers. Overall, users rated the app rather positively. Five percent are rather dissatisfied with it and only three percent are completely dissatisfied.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google have expanded the app’s technical foundation. The tech companies are now giving governments the opportunity to set up a corona warning infrastructure on smartphones even without a separate app. Google integrates the necessary functionality directly into play services of the Android operating system, Apple into version 13.7 of the iOS system of its iPhones. Users are asked whether they want to participate in the tracking process. Without their active consent, the tracing function will not be activated. Existing corona warning apps will continue to work.