Qatar’s Mandatory Apps For World Cup Attendees A Security Nightmare

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 14: Members of the public pose for a pictures next to a Qatar 2022 World Cup logo at Doha Corniche ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Qatar government’s mandatory apps for those attending  Soccer World Cup are a data security and privacy nightmare, security experts have warned.
  • Fans who will arrive to Qatar for the World Cup, will have to download two apps – Ehteraz, an app aimed to track COVID-19, and Hayya, which will be used to enter games, as well as to gain free access to Qatar’s public transportation for ticket holders.
  • The Ehteraz contact tracking app was criticized by security experts, as it allows remote access to users’ pictures and videos, as well as make unprompted phone calls, according to The Register.
  • Moreover, the COVID-19 tracking app requires the location services to be constantly on and gives the app the ability to read and write to the file system.

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