UK Government Memo Discussed De-Anonymizing Contact Tracing App Users

UK Government Memo Discussed De-Anonymizing Contact Tracing App Users

In today’s Daily Observations episode, we explained what contact tracking was. Now that I understand the technology, I agree at this early stage. But there are still privacy implications, of course, including privacy. The UK plans to create an app that works with contact tracking, but a leaked memo shows a discussion about user anonymity.

However, the memo stated that “the more controversial” application could use device identifiers unique to all smartphones, “to allow anonymization if ministers consider it proportionate at some point.” He did not specify why ministers would like to identify application users, or under what circumstances would be proportionate.

See: A note from the British government discussed the anonymization of users of the contact tracking application

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