Stop unnecessary duplication of NHS resources

We already have a contact tracing app from the NHS and it is about to be rolled out nationally. The Scottish government now proposes to invent another different app.

Why the contribution is important

This is a negative idea: 1 It will cause confusion 2 it is a waste of precious NHS resources 3 it is simply creating something artificial just to be different 4 It is a waste of public money

by Crofter on May 06, 2020 at 07:20AM

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  • Posted by jriddell May 06, 2020 at 11:35

    Contact tracking apps are important but the NHS England app does not use best practice. It is not open source so we can not review it is best practice. It uses a centralised database creating a privacy infringement accessible to a government with a previous record of breaking the law in this area. They have said they will keep this data indefinitely which creates a long term risk of abuse. Rather than being reviewed by an independenct auditor it is being reviewed by GCHQ who have a remit to do mass surveilance. It would be better to share the source code with apps from other EU countries which use best practice security and privacy.
  • Posted by catriona May 10, 2020 at 07:11

    agree with jriddell concerns.
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