Privacy Advocates Raise Concerns About UK COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

LONDON – British privacy activists have issued warnings about the application of the COVID-19 contract proposed by the country on Thursday (via Reuters). It follows the passage of the country from a decentralized model advocated by Apple and Google.

COVID-19 “vital” tool cannot target the public

In an open letter, the group of academics and scientists said:

It is essential that, when we come out of the current crisis, we have not created a tool to collect data on the population or on targeted segments of society for surveillance.

On Tuesday, the head of the NHSX – the digital transformation unit of the British health service – appeared before British lawmakers to describe the plans. He said a contact finder application could be deployed on a large scale in two to three weeks.

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