The Jordan Open Source Association emphasized that the applications the government is adopting/encouraging the use of must be "open-source". That is, their operating mechanism must be clear and transparent to the public so that everyone is aware of how they work and is able to improve and develop them to achieve a greater benefit for users.
In light of the use of COVID-19 contact tracing applications, JOSA believes that the operating mechanism of these apps and the extent of their commitment to respecting privacy and information security can only be ascertained by viewing their source code.
On the same note, JOSA affirms that there are currently no legal guarantees that these applications, including "Aman", will respect the privacy of individuals and their personal data – due to the absence of an active personal data protection law and the absence of any penalties for those who publish, distribute or trade in personal data, those in charge of these applications can’t be held accountable in the event of an infringement of privacy.
Issa Mahasneh, Executive Director of the Jordan Open Source Association, declared that “because there are no legal obligations, unfortunately, all that’s being said about these apps respecting privacy are merely non-binding statements." Mr. Mahasneh warned that those responsible for these applications can’t be prosecuted, and compensation can’t be granted in the event of misuse of personal data, exposure to theft, or piracy of the systems that contain them.
Accordingly, the Jordan Open Source Association appreciates all efforts made to protect citizens in these circumstances and calls on the responsible authorities to "open" the source text for these applications and adhere to the highest standards of preserving user privacy, with an emphasis on the speedy adoption of a law to protect personal data.