Volume 2 Issue 7

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Researchers observed that the Beijing Olympics App has enormous drawbacks which will lead to violation of individual's privacy.

Date of News: 

19-01-2022

Date of Publication: 

10-02-2022

Unique ID:

202281518

Name of the Author: 

Rima Mondal

Field of Law: 

Cyber Law

Content of News:

According to a report from Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto, the MY2022 app has a 'simple but devastating flaw' in protecting personal information of the attendees of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. It has been found that there is an intervention of the Chinese Government in human rights violations against the Uyghur people within China's border. As a result, many countries like USA, Canada, UK are boycotting the games. Citizen Lab explains that the information of the attendees that are required to attend the Olympics are not safe and encrypted. The encryption policy of the above-mentioned app is not at all safe for the users. So international governmental persons are denying to attend the game but the athletes will participate in the game. Researchers have also found two major drawbacks of the app i.e. failure of validation of SSL certificates and failure of encryption of personal data like passport details, travel and medical histories and many more. Consequently, this app can lead to gross violation of privacy of individuals. Citizen Lab has given the Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee a 15 days deadline to respond and a 45 days deadline to fix the issues.

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