NHS Coronavirus Contact Tracking Application Will Request Personal Information From Users Despite Patient Privacy Concerns
- People will be asked to enter the first half of their postal code and other details
- When someone downloads the app, they will follow who they are within 6 feet of
- This comes after more than 175 British academics have raised concerns about the app.
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The NHS contact tracking app will ask users for personal information despite concerns about patient privacy.
The application was designed by NHSX, the digital branch of the healthcare service. If someone downloads it, Bluetooth technology is likely to track who is within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes.
If a user develops symptoms, they can notify the NHS, triggering an alert sent to other users with whom they have come into contact.
A coronavirus contact tracking app will ask users for the first half of their zip code and track people within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes, despite privacy concerns (file image)
The news comes after more than 175 British academics signed a letter expressing concerns about the app and saying that personal information could “make people identifiable” (file image)
However, those who download the app will also be asked to enter the first half of their zip code, followed by their gender and age range.
The news comes after more than 175 British academics have signed a letter expressing concern about the app.
Dr. Natalie Banner, of the Understanding Patient Data group, warned that personal information “could make people identifiable.”
The NHS stressed that the provision of the data will be voluntary, adding that it will only be used to identify hot spots and virus trends.
An NHSX spokesperson said, “Users will remain anonymous until they provide their own information, and there will be no database to de-anonymize users. “