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

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Fri May 22 01:06:44 UTC 2020

On 07/05/2020 15:05, Martin via Nottingham wrote:
> Folks,
>> What do you all think to this?
>> Richard Stallman was right all along to leave his mobile phone OFF?

What a bunch of comedians?!...

See what you think?...

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19
apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm


"Worried about identifiable personal data from your coronavirus
contact-tracing app making it into a British government database? Fear
not! The Ministry of Defence is sanitising it all first..."

And... Already... Is this the first data breach?...

Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers' email addresses


"Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the
email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers.

The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK

And, no surprise...

Campaign groups warn GCHQ can re-identify UK's phones from COVID-19
contact-tracing app data


"... The legal framework for the software, currently being trialled on
the Isle of Wight, is inadequate to protect people from misuse of their
data, as noted by the Joint Committee on Human Rights..."

And for encore?


BCS: Most IT experts doubt contact tracing app will beat COVID-19,
survey finds


“The government will need to work hard to convince people that ‘ethical
by design, correct by design, and privacy by default’ values are baked
into the app to get the download numbers it is aiming for.”

My reading of the BCS messages is that those publishing the messages are
amazingly (politically?) pro-a-tracing-app, regardless of the reality of
the mission-creep-by-design aspects of the app...

Good that at least some of the BCS membership are more circumspect!


Stay safe!

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