When it comes to life and death, Germany MUST warn its citizens. Send a text message directly to your mobile phone.
On Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (46, CSU) asked BILD Live: “I am in favor of us also sending these push messages to citizens via the mobile phone providers.”
But Chancellor Angela Merkel (67, CDU) is still reluctant. When asked by BILD whether she would campaign for citizens to be alerted via warning SMS in the future, she said that it would soon be discussed whether this could be introduced “in addition”.
BUT: “We have apps that you have on your smartphone, for example NINA. They have the advantage that they can still be used if you have WLAN in your own apartment. ”On the other hand, SMS notifications are not possible“ if the cellular network has failed ”.
▶ ︎ But this counter-argument is simply inadmissible.
Citizens must be warned of a danger BEFORE the cellular network fails, BEFORE the tidal wave destroys the infrastructure. Authorities had been aware of the danger of a devastating flood that raged over North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate in the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
This is what those affected from the crisis areas say about the warning SMS
This is “Cell Broadcast”
Unlike SMS, which are sent to a specific number, Cell Broadcast sends to all cell phones on a selected transmission tower. Data protection would also be guaranteed here. This is also confirmed by the Federal Data Protection Commissioner, who even describes the solution as “data protection-friendly” because no data is collected.
▶ ︎ Cell Broadcast is a cellular service. It can be used to send SMS-like messages to all cell phones that are logged into a certain radio cell. In contrast to an SMS, the network operators do not need the recipient’s cell phone number here.
You can easily inform all customers who are in a certain area around the radio mast. Cell broadcast is currently not used in Germany. Countries like Japan, Canada, Holland, Israel or the USA use the technology to send emergency messages. These include warnings of extreme weather or natural disasters.
It is all the more incomprehensible why the system has not been used across the board for a long time. A Vodafone spokesman on BILD: “Of course we would install the technology if the authorities gave us the order. So far there has not been such an order. “
A change of direction must now be made, also demanded by important members of the Bundestag.
FDP parliamentary group vice Stephan Thomae (53) to BILD: “We need a passive system for civil protection that also warns without actively downloading an app.” Cell broadcast is suitable because no personal data is processed and that System can be used quickly, technically and legally “Unfortunately, it has now become clear how necessary such a warning system is.”
Union parliamentary group Vice Thorsten Frei (47): “With a corresponding federal-state agreement, cell broadcasting would also be possible in Germany.”
BILD names three reasons why we need the life-saving disaster warnings by mobile phone.
► Other countries are showing the way. The United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and New Zealand send short messages to all cell phone users in a particular cell (cell broadcast) if they are in danger.
► Almost every citizen has a cell phone. And for older people in particular, it is tedious and complicated to register for warning messages or even to download an app. This does not reach the masses of the population – only one in ten Germans currently has the NINA app from the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid (BBK). Among other things, seniors who are most dependent on the protection of the state are neglected!
► In the event of disasters, the following must apply: the protection of life is more important than data protection. It cannot be that people are not warned and cannot get to safety. It IS technically feasible. We can, yes, we have to afford it. Now the political will has to be found – before there are even more deaths.