Ma3an

Ma3an App Must Immediately Address Security Issues

In September 2020, SMEX conducted a security analysis of the contact-tracing app, Ma3an, to test the app’s security and safety. The Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon (MoPH) seemed responsive to our recommendations, but in reality, no changes were implemented. This year, with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Lebanon and Syria, we are re-assessing …

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Covid-19 and Social Control in Lebanon [Report]

The Lebanese government’s response to Covid-19 was deeply affected by the failing economy and political unrest, both of which the government helped create. The government’s haphazard lockdown strategy, which shifted based on the political mood, was ultimately ineffective as the government did not develop a long-term strategy to deal with the pandemic. In some cases, …

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Security Concerns with Lebanon’s New Contact Tracing App

On September 1, the Ministry of Public Health launched Ma3an – Together Against Corona, a contact-tracing application intended to stop the spread of Covid-19. After a preliminary review, SMEX found that although the application collects limited personal data, it contains a few security flaws. The Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with the Faculty of …

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