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The Norwegian public health agency (FHI) has suspended the use of its coronavirus contact-tracking application following the country’s data protection authority’s orders for the collection and use of user location data. FHI has also deleted all information collected so far by the application.

Norway’s privacy regulator, Datailsynet, expressed concern with the way the application, called Smittestopp, collects GPS location data and Bluetooth data from users. His assessment said the application “could no longer be considered a proportional intervention on the user’s basic privacy rights.”

In a statement, the supervisor said “we believe that FHI has not indicated that it is very necessary to use location data for infection detection” and recommended that the application only uses data collected via Bluetooth, indicating “EU countries have developed application infection tracking only based on on Bluetooth technology, and not GPS location data either. “

What the numbers say: According to Johns Hopkins University, there are 8,639 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 242 deaths in Norway.

The application is being tested in three regions in the country, but because infection rates in the area are low, health authorities said last week it was difficult to test whether the Smittestopp application notified “those who might actually have been exposed to infection”.

Watchdog also questions the “lack of freedom of choice for users” who register to the application.

According to Datailsynet, the data needed to track infection is also used for analysis and research, according to which regulators are two different purposes and require “different personal information.”

There are also concerns that arise about how the data collected remains anonymous. “Solutions for the anonymization and aggregation of data for analysis also do not exist,” Bjørn Erik Thon, Director of Datailsynet said in a statement. “Still, this application continues to collect personal information from all users,” added Thon.

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FHI does not agree with the regulator’s assessment.

In a statement FHI Director Camilla Stoltenberg said that delaying the application would weaken “an important part of our preparedness to increase the spread of infection, because we lost time developing and testing the application.” Stoltenberg warned that the pandemic was not over, adding “without the Smittestopp application, we would be less prepared to prevent new outbreaks that might occur locally or nationally.”

Stoltenberg added: “We hope that it will be possible to find a solution so that infection notification and analysis of infection control measures can be introduced in the long term.”

FHI has until June 23 to fix the problem raised by the regulator.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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