Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t Breitbart; Google and Apple are doing something right for a change, delaying plans by the increasingly intrusive British state to collect absolutely all information about people’s movements.
COVID-19: The NHS Coronavirus app update has been blocked for violating data protection regulations
Under the terms agreed with Apple and Google, the health authorities are required not to collect location data on users.Alexander Martin
Technology reporter @AlexMartin
An update to the NHS COVID-19 app has been delayed after it was blocked by Apple and Google for privacy reasons.
How Coronavirus Lockdown measures have been eased across the UK from midnight, the NHS COVID-19 App was intended for that Add a new function This would have enabled users – after testing positive – to upload the list of all the venues they checked in using a QR code.
However, this form of location tracking has been specifically banned for privacy reasons by Apple and Google, who worked together to develop the exposure notification system used on all iOS and Android devices.
The health authorities around the world that have joined the exposure reporting system have agreed never to use it to collect location data. However, this was what Apple and Google would have thought possible as part of the app update.
Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-nhs-coronavirus-app-update-blocked-for-breaking-privacy-rules-12273339
Of course, the top-class rejection of the intrusive British Covid app by the mobile tech giants does little to protect your privacy. The Washington Post released a revelation in 2019 about the daily mobile apps we volunteer to install that suck commercially valuable data from our lives.