[Nottingham] [Misc] UK ... almost alone ... centralized virus contact-tracing app

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Thu May 7 14:06:18 UTC 2020


> What do you all think to this?
> Richard Stallman was right all along to leave his mobile phone OFF?

Meanwhile, from around the world:

Coronavirus contact-tracing: World split between two types of app

... Backers of the centralised model say it can give the authorities
more insight into the spread of the virus and how well the app is
performing. Supporters of the decentralised approach say it offers users
a higher degree of privacy, protecting them from hackers or the state
itself revealing their social contacts...

... "The core reason is that centralised systems ask you to upload the
people you have seen, and decentralised systems don't need that data, so
they don't play well together," explained Prof Michael Veale of the
joint Apple-Google DPT3 group

"So if you see an app as an important part of reducing lockdown, then
you remove the ability to trace the virus as it crosses borders, and
viruses don't respect borders."

Stay safe!

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