Restrict data use from tracking apps

It has been suggested that an app will be introduced by the UK Government to aid in the tracking of possible contacts with COVID-19 sufferers. While I support this in principle, I am concerned that the data is to be stored centrally for use by the NHS.
I would want an absolute guarantee that my data:
1. Would be secure before I downloaded, installed and used an app.
2. Was to be used only by the NHS and not given or sold to any other organisation.
3. Would be used for this purpose only and nothing else.
4. Would be deleted once the virus crisis was considered to be over.
I would also want the use of the app to be regularly reviewed by parliament and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Why the contribution is important

Data protection and human rights protection

by Paul_Rimmer on May 07, 2020 at 03:57PM

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  • Posted by Villager1 May 07, 2020 at 16:04

    Absolutely correct.
  • Posted by gillwollers May 07, 2020 at 16:13

    This si opnly of benefit is everyone has a smartphone, which is not the case, especially in more rural areas and in areas where there is an older population
  • Posted by ACW May 07, 2020 at 16:17

    Consulting with Open Rights Group , (organisation that protects the digital rights of people in the UK) on this would be ideal. I will not feel confident to use this app unless ORG endorses it. Currently they are not happy with it.
  • Posted by AADAberdeen May 07, 2020 at 17:14

    Much too intrusive.
    Neither government nor the private companies who are pushing this can be trusted to not make use of the data collected in unacceptable ways at some future date.
    Once widespread tracking is accepted the potential for misuse is enormous and could never be stopped.
    Beware the unintended consequences of actions based on very specific circumstances and widespread fear.
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