UK Government Heading Towards New Standoff With Apple Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

The UK government appears poised for another showdown with Apple over the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing app. NHSX, the UK health service’s digital transformation unit, wants recordings using QR codes to be a feature of the software. However, Apple reportedly rejected such a feature when another government that attempted to do something similar (via Sky News).

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Apple and UK set to clash again over COVID-19 contact tracing app

In July, the UK government announced a shift in focus for its tool, saying it would use the framework created by Apple and Google instead of going it alone as it initially attempted. At the time, Health Secretary Matt Hancock blamed Apple’s privacy policies that restrict apps using Bluetooth to measure proximity to failure. The government now wants the software to include “Fitbit” type alerts that tell people they might be at risk for the disease, as well as QR code power records. The UK’s much-delayed app could then head for another bump in the road, and lawmakers for another row with Apple.

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