HUFFPOST/When the StopCovid contact-tracing app was unveiled in France at the beginning of June, its rollout had already been hampered by problems and setbacks. The release had been delayed by nearly a month, and its launch was met with widespread concerns that the Bluetooth technology on which the app relied was too imprecise in some situations, and completely unusable in others. The app couldn’t work in the background, it drained smartphone batteries and it wouldn’t operate with tracing apps that other European nations were developing.

By late June, StopCovid was a confirmed flop.

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Cedric O, France's junior minister for digital affairs, presents the StopCovid contact tracing app at his office in Paris on

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