Orignally posted on The Guardian by Alex Hern

Apple and Google block NHS Covid app update over privacy breaches

Ministers have paused a planned update to the NHS Covid-19 app after Apple and Google blocked it from their stores over privacy violations.

The app, which aids contact tracing in England and Wales, uses technology built by the Silicon Valley companies to track interactions between users with their Bluetooth signals and venue “check-ins”.

It was to have been updated on 8 April, in time for lockdown easing and the introduction of free rapid coronavirus testing for everyone in England.

So far, it has allowed people to check into indoor places such as bars and restaurants by scanning a QR code before they enter, but the data was kept on the individual’s phone.

Should a venue be identified as a potential virus hotspot, every device is then sent this data, allowing the app to crosscheck with the owner’s own log of locations and alert them if they might have been exposed…

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