Apple and Google seem to be in conflict with the UK National Health Service regarding the development of a COVID-19 contact tracking application. The Guardian said companies’ desire to protect user privacy violates proposals for the implementation of the NHS, which aims to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Apple and Google are encouraging healthcare providers around the world to create contact finder apps that work in a decentralized way so that people know when they have interacted with an infected person but prevent governments from using that data. to get a picture of the movements of the population as a whole. Their policy, which was unveiled last week, means that if the NHS continues with its original plans, its implementation will face serious limitations on how it works. The application will not work if the phone screen is turned off or if an application other than the contact search application is being used at the same time. For this, the screen should always be active, which would quickly shorten battery life and compromise users’ personal data if their phone were lost or stolen while the app was in use. #
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