Covid contact tracing app: a risk to rights?

An official opt-in phone app to trace whether you have had contact with someone infected with Covid-19 is under review. Some say the risks are too high if rushed in

Plans for easing lockdown rules involve tracing people who have been in close contact with Covid-19 sufferers, alerting them that they might have been infected.

One method under review is an app, likely to be called StopCovid, that would work via the Bluetooth function in people’s smartphones.

Supporters say it could be an effective tool and would respect people’s rights, but many have expressed concerns over civil liberties, including rights charity Amnesty International.

People would voluntarily download the app and confirm in it if they have tested positive for Covid-19.

If you have spent an extended period close to an infected person in recent days, ie. you did not just pass them in the street, your phone alerts you so you can, for example, ask for a test and, if necessary, self isolate.

The government has put out minimal ...

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