LONDON – A group of software developers has been asked to “investigate” the switch to COVID-19’s proposed Apple / Google contact search model from UK health officials. The United Kingdom is one of the few countries to opt for a different approach.
UK could adopt Apple / Google Contact Tracing Tech
Some expressed concerns about the effectiveness and confidentiality implications of tracking COVID-19 contacts in the UK. An official from NSHX, the UK health service’s digital transformation unit, said Financial times:
We have worked with Apple and Google throughout the development of the application and it is completely normal and normal to continue to refine the application.
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A reported concern is that the contact tracking app will not work in the background if two iPhones are left locked and unused for about half an hour without an Android device within 60m of them in order to “wake up” iPhones. The British app is currently being tested by residents of the Isle of Wight. Unlike other countries, it collects data in a central database.