Castilla La Mancha has decided to deconstruct the hotel industry in the entire community except in the northern part of Toledo. However, it has done so in an unusual way. Those who want to leave bars or restaurants must register on a community website and show a QR code that hoteliers must scan to allow access. This is an unusual measure in Spain whose purpose is to carry out contact tracing in case of identifying a positive. Below we tell you to step by step how the system works and what people should do to go out to bars. The measure, mandatory for those who want to enjoy the hospitality industry, comes into force today, February 12. However, worldwide it is a known formula that countries such as South Korea, Singapore, or China have been using for months.


To be able to go to bars or restaurants, the first thing you have to do is register on this Castilla la Mancha website.There they will ask for your name and surname, your ID, and your telephone number. You will then receive a text message in which they will send you a QR code. This QR code is only associated with you and you must save it on your mobile phone to allow you to enter bars and restaurants. The Government of the Community of Castilla la Mancha explains on its website that “The QR code you receive is encrypted, so the place will not have your information. This data will only be used by the health authority of Castilla-La Mancha in case of detecting a Covid-19 case, to track possible contacts and communicate with them.


The body in charge of the protection of personal data is the General Directorate of Public Health of Castilla la Mancha and maintains that there will be no transfer of data.
On their website they indicate that “the purpose is epidemiological monitoring and surveillance, reinforcing the traceability of contacts in the event of detection of a positive COVID-19 in a customer of a local”. The legitimacy of this measure is based on “6.1e) of the General Data Protection Regulation and its details, among other legal regulations, Law 8/2020, of October 16, which creates the strategic reserve of medical devices in Castilla-La Mancha.

Royal Decree-Law 21/2020, of June 9, on urgent prevention, containment and coordination measures to face the health crisis caused by COVID-19, Law 33/2011, of October 4, General Public Health, Law 14/1986, of April 25, General Health and Organic Law 3/1986, of April 14, on Special Public Health Measures .The data, explain the community, will be kept for 28 days and those who wish to exercise the rights provided for in the data protection law can do so by writing to the General Directorate of Public Health or by electronic processing through the electronic headquarters of the Junta de Castilla la Mancha.


Once a user has a QR code sent by the Castilla la Mancha board, they must show it at the access of the bars, the hoteliers will be in charge of scanning it with their mobile phone when the diner enters a certain place.


The Junta de Castilla la Mancha explains that the hoteliers will not have the customer data since the scanning of the QR code is carried out through the “Responsible Leisure at CLM” app. The app appears to be getting a poor reception in the Android app market. It scores 1.3 out of 5, and critical comments unhappy about this form of digital tracking abound.
The app that the hoteliers must use requests permissions to access the mobile camera (to be able to scan the QR codes) “have full access to the network, recover running applications, control vibration, prevent the phone from going into sleep mode and run at startup.