Norway has been forced to stop loading data to its national Covid-19 track and trace app after a ruling by the national data privacy watchdog.
Our cyber-security expert, Davey Winder, delves into the NHS contact-tracing app, looking into why trust is key and the issue of user adoption.
DHSC said work on the contact-tracing app continues following a “positive reception” on the Isle of Wight, but no date for the roll-out was committed to.
A survey carried out by BCS has revealed less than a one quarter of its members think the NHS contact-tracing app will be effective on containing Covid-19.
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Google and Apple have released their Covid-19 contact-tracing software which can be used by smartphones across the globe.
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Health secretary Matt Hancock had previously said the app would be rolled out by mid-May, as had NHSX chief Matthew Gould.
Privacy expert Polly Sanderson told Digital Health News there were “serious issues” associated with relying on the self-reporting of symptoms.
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The pilot will allow the trusts to test the software, which will be used by contact tracers to collect the information they need digitally.
If the bill becomes law, government would be required to set up an independent contact-tracing app Privacy Tzar to monitor its use and deal with complaints.
Join Andrea Downey, Hannah Crouch and Jon Hoeksma as they look at the whether the app will be successful and if NHSX has taken the right approach.