Digital Health’s senior reporter, Andrea Downey, looks back at the NHS contact-tracing app, which was first announced back in March.
Professor Eerke Boiten raised concerns about the companies with “strong political connections” that have access to the data.
Harriet Harman, chair of the joint human rights committee, has written to Matt Hancock requesting further information on how data will be used by the app.
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Apple and Google’s APIs only work with a decentralised system, which leaves many iPhones incompatible with the NHS centralised contact-tracing app.
The new exposure notification settings are part of an update to the operating systems, which will enable an app to run in the background.
A parallel version of the NHS contact-tracing app using Apple and Google’s technology had been in the pipeline since early May.
The app was designed to speed up the process of contact-tracing, with epidemiologists previously warning manual contact-tracing would be too slow.
A report criticised the government’s decision to develop a centralised contact-tracing model, raising concerns about “confidentiality and security of data”.
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The data protection impact assessment on the store, managed by Palantir, provides a look at how data will inform the response to the pandemic.
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