NHS Covid-19 App Launches, but Privacy Concerns Remain

Whilst the the intention may be honourable, this new app will be a real test of trust in the UK government.

The NHS Covid-19 app, which uses a framework developed by Apple and Google following the decision to abandon NHSX’s centralised contact tracing model, has already been downloaded by over one million people.

Although many with previous privacy fears have been reassured by the decentralised nature of the app, with the app’s developers stating that it is designed so “nobody will know who or where you are” with users able to delete data at any time, this has not stopped some from voicing concerns.

Today, privacy organisations the Open Rights Group and Big Brother Watch called for the UK government to “clarify how people’s private data will be kept safe and secure under the new Test and Trace regulations”.

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