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Published 3 Years Ago on Tuesday, May 05 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
outbreak of Covid-19, new applications have been developed all over the world,
to help slow the course of coronavirus. The contact-tracing app is one way to
achieve this goal. First trials are underway in several countries, including
healthcare workers in the Isle of Wight will be the first to try the new NHS app and if it proves successful, will be made available across the country within
The app traces
recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for the virus; however, concerns
have been raised over privacy.
The aim of such
initiatives is to ease out of lockdown as well as reducing any future outbreaks
through widespread testing and contact tracing measures.
Secretary Matt Hancock said, “If the trial is successful, the app will be
rolled out across the UK by mid-May.”
comes as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK reaches 28,734.
The way it
works, is that the app records when two people are within a certain distance of
each other for longer than a specified amount of time. If one of them later
reports having symptoms, all the other app users they have come into contact
with over recent days, will be alerted and told to self-isolate. The app is available
on App Store and Google Play and works by Bluetooth connection.
Regarding the concerns over privacy, the app is defined
as “centralized”, whereby a unified database collects information
using an NHS clinical algorithm to assess the uploaded interaction data that
comes through from users; the “decentralized”
approach would aim to minimize the amount of personal data organizations
collect. Both companies, Apple and Google,
have said, “apps that adopt a decentralized model would not be allowed to
gather location data.”
In addition, to
ease up the frustration and debate, the NHSX – part of the health service that drives
digital transformation in health, said the app will be voluntary and the only
personal data stored would be the first part of the user’s postcode.
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