Use Contact Tracing app

Scotland should use a contact tracing app. These are being used in other countries and the U.K. is testing it’s own one. I can see no logical reason for not using it. Privacy is much much less important in this crisis than safety.

Why the contribution is important

People could die unnecessarily if we are only able to alert people we know. A Bluetooth app would enable us to alert people who come close to us in supermarkets.

by Alasdrum on May 05, 2020 at 02:38PM

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  • Posted by DJW May 05, 2020 at 15:46

    Totally agree, the app need to be more automated that the current proposed by Scottish Government, which will require knowledge of contact details of those we meet and manual input of data. Bluetooth contact between devices much more sensible and give comprehensive tracing of the virus.
  • Posted by Penchrystona May 05, 2020 at 23:10

    The contact tracing app currently on trial on the Isle of Wight would appear to provide the necessary functionality and security. Scotland should adopt the use of this app as soon as the Isle of Wight trial is complete. Please let us not be the poor relations in the UK.
  • Posted by jriddell May 06, 2020 at 11:30

    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 indefinately. Rather than being reviewed by an independenct audirot 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 zuzan May 06, 2020 at 13:32

    I would support a decentralised app as a support to using our existing frontline GP / Social services networks. I will not be using the NHSx app as it's a centralised app which is unnecessary infringement of personal data use. The other huge problem for this app is that it relies on self reporting so someone could purposefully or accidentally self report as Covid positive causing huge inconvenience / disruption to others.

    An app must have public support to work and doubts about its efficacy and personal data usage will undermine it.

    I would support a decentralised app that works like this model
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