My idea is that this will be difficult to manage and may be open to abuse. Unsure of it's accuracy. What happens when someone is pinged to say they have been near someone with an infection? Do they immediately self isolate or is there a test at that point ?If they have been working who pays their wage if they have to be off work - possibly numerous times. There are too many variables and in the main is protecting the sector of the community who least need protecting but are the most tech savvy, so therefore will have the app. The elderly in particular are unlikely in the main to be comfortable with this technology. I have heard it does not distinguish between walls etc. I at the moment do not have much confidence that it will be truly effective. I hope I am wrong.

Why the contribution is important

I feel if we put too much importance on the app, the importance of the other safety measures will diminish.

by Elainey on May 05, 2020 at 07:44PM

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  • Posted by PaulR May 05, 2020 at 20:00

    The app will be an important adjunct to the skills of a good tracing team, doing things the analogue way! I agree that the app will have limitations and could cause trust problems, however, I see that an effective TTI system is essential to get us out of eternal lock-down.
  • Posted by Elainey May 05, 2020 at 20:09

    I agree we need something - and I cant offer a better alternative...but I hope it does what it is designed to do and I think there should be severe consequences for anyone abusing the app which I know will happen with fake reporting of symptoms etc. Being that it is anonymous I have no idea how we would police that either. There are some awful people in the world that will self report for something to do/ fun...or am I just cynical
  • Posted by goldenoldie May 05, 2020 at 20:24

    We should use the same App across the whole UK
  • Posted by AdamWilson May 05, 2020 at 20:26

    A UK wide app (or global app) should be the priority not a Scotland only map.
  • Posted by susanjgla May 05, 2020 at 21:45

    Think this has enormous potential for abuse.
  • Posted by Billl May 05, 2020 at 22:02

    There are comments from two app experts casting doubt on the usefulness of such an app, search the internet.
  • Posted by zuzan May 06, 2020 at 13:22

    It's really important for public trust to use a decentralised app for this .. this is an excellent model of a decentralised app that ensures privacy and any possible nuisance reporting is blocked (nb where someone self reports to cause inconvenience to others they have had contact with.)

    This is a model for how it could work
  • Posted by Graham May 06, 2020 at 22:31

    As Tesco / M&S seem to know more about us than we'd like, then why not buy into the app? China and South Korea have been very successful in using an app to help track and trace. Let's learn from them - one communist and one free market. Why not just accept that the nation's health is a higher priority than worrying about whether the government knowing where we are? I suspect that only those with something to hide would resist the app.
  • Posted by Gesabrek May 08, 2020 at 07:27

    The app would be much better if the NHS could confirm that a person has the virus or its symptoms. However this would require a link to personal data which I would support some may not. As such, make it an optional setting. I am sure that South Korea will have this and much more.
     It works, it has saved lives, stop being so negative!
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