mobile applications

UK Covid-19 tracing app and GDPR implications

Authorities worldwide have been using technology to help curve the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK government has been running the Test and Trace program since May 2020 but have not carried out the Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under this law, companies and government […]

Covid-19 increases hours spent on mobile apps

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people are relying on social media platforms to connect with their friends and families. Data from consulting firm Kantarshows that WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage as people have been looking to stay connected. In addition, Spain registered a 76% increase in time spent on WhatsApp. To limit […]

Blink employee app for frontline workers

The Blink employee app has been developed over the past 15 months to give frontline workers access to important information on the go. In partnership with Domino’s, NHS, and Stagecoach, Blink has raised around $10 million in capital thanks to Partech, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco and Paris, as well as a […]

Covid-19 Medical Advisory Clinic to be launched by Doctor Anywhere

Medical Advisory Clinic to be launched by telehealth startup, Doctor Anywhere. Partnering with major insurers such as AIG and Cigna Singapore, Doctors Anywhere will offer their services free of charge to their policyholders. The Medical Advisory Clinic whose headquarters are in Singapore is a full suite service to those living in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. […]

Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps

>By MATT O’BRIEN AP Technology Writer Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the corona virus. The companies said 22 countries and several U.S. states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software. It relies on Bluetooth wireless technology […]

Samsung to launch Samsung Pay debit card later this year

Samsung Pay debit card is launching later this year, according to a blog post by the company. As the latest addition to their financial services and a new way to use the Samsung Pay app, the company will be able to cover both mobile payments of various types, and card transactions. Samsung is the first […]

Virus tracing app raises privacy concerns in India

By SHEIKH SAALIQ Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — As India enters an extended coronavirus lockdown, the government is actively pursuing contact tracing to help control infections. At the heart of the effort in the country of 1.3 billion people is a smartphone app that evaluates users’ infection risk based on location services such as […]

Here come COVID-19 tracing apps - and privacy trade-offs

By MATT O’BRIEN and CHRISTINA LARSON Associated Press As governments around the world consider how to monitor new coronavirus outbreaks while reopening their societies, many are starting to bet on smartphone apps to help stanch the pandemic. But their decisions on which technologies to use — and how far those allow authorities to peer into […]