Follow the 2022 World Cup contest official app not a good idea. The software poses an “enormous risk” to users’ privacy, according to the warning issued by data regulators in Europe on Tuesday (15).

The application in question”Hayya World CupWhere all foreigners arriving in the country to attend the event scheduled to start next Sunday (20) are requested to be taken down by the Qatari government”. In addition, local authorities recommend installing: etherase applicationto monitor infections.

Both programs work like spyware, giving country authorities broad access to user data, according to Germany’s data protection commission. One of them has the ability to collect details about whether the phone is making a call and what number it is calling from.

The other additionally transmits all tracked information to a central server. prevent the smartphone on which it is installed from entering power saving mode, disables connections. According to German experts, the installation of such applications should be done only under “absolutely necessary” conditions and preferably on an “empty” mobile phone.

Vulnerable groups should be careful

Experts from Germany as well as other European countries also warned. Spying risks in World Cup apps🇧🇷 For example, the French editor recommended removing the software as soon as the traveler left Qatar and demanded attention to the photos and videos stored on the phone.

Norway’s data regulator said it was “alarmed” by the access required by the programs. The official also pointed out that there was a situation. A real possibility of monitoring by the Qatari governmentspecifically regarding “vulnerable groups”, according to the website political🇧🇷

Apps considered “spy” by European authorities are available in stores Google Play store and app storeand can be downloaded even by those who are not in Qatar. Located in the Middle East, the country’s government has so far not commented on the experts’ criticism.

Source: Tec Mundo

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