Tunisia: terrorism, an app to flag suspicious activity

Raises doubts about personal liberty violations

13 August, 15:32

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    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, AUGUST 13 - Three young Tunisian engineers have launched a smartphone app that allows users to flag suspicious behavior or activity tied to terrorism. Currently in a test phase, the app called "Edder3," or "the shield," has already been presented to the Tunisian Interior Minister. Use is simple: every user, at least in this version of the software, touches the app (a red and white eye) and a screen opens for creating a real-time citation of facts, situations, objects, or people that arouse suspicion. In a successive phase of implementation, it will also be possible to add comments or pictures to each citation. The person who makes the citation will be identified by a pseudonym in order to avoid potential threats or retaliation.

    The app's creators say their only concern is to involvve the entire Tunisian population in the fight against terrorism, but the application raises some doubts regarding personal liberties violations due to inappropriate or fradulent use. Its creators say however that users must provide their ID card number so they can be identified by police authorities in the event of false declarations. And the same application allows a direct connection to law enforcement if the user wants to inform police directly. "Edder3," according to its creators, then, doesn't constitute an offence "because a citizen who cites suspicious behavior with an app or at the police station assumes responsibility for what he or she is citing," said Yassine Selmi, one of the three programmers.(ANSAmed).

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