The long-awaited NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 app has finally arrived and although the technology is not a “silver bullet” in the fight against the pandemic, it is at least a positive step to aid contact tracing efforts.
For it to work it will need at least seven million people to download and use it but already it’s clear not everyone is on board.
Social media is currently awash with people voicing concerns and refusing to download the app because they’re concerned about their data and privacy...
I will never do so and I strongly encourage others not to. I do not trust the government to store my data securely. I do not trust the government not to use it for other purposes.— Francis Hoar (@Francis_Hoar) September 24, 2020
I do not trust the government. https://t.co/bSVbDl7YV2
Feel free to believe that you have say over what access you give it... But in reality, it has access to your camera, your mic, your emails and texts and all your online activity. This is dark stuff. https://t.co/xnX5luijqC— Dante Harker (@DanteHarker) September 24, 2020
I've decided against downloading the #NHSCOVID19app— Nick 🇬🇧 (@OhMyDaleys1) September 24, 2020
I just don't trust it to keep my data safe 💁
Of course the irony of this is, those very same people have signed away for more personal information in order to be able to make those comments in the first place.
If you set up the most minimal anonymous account on Twitter, you still need to provide an email and, if you’re using on a phone, grant access to your mobile data.
The new #NHSCOVID19app, now available in England and Wales, is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from coronavirus.— NHS (@NHSuk) September 24, 2020
Download now from:
➡️ Google Play Store: https://t.co/sivYOhAkH3
➡️ Apple App Store: https://t.co/EnHDdr5mtg
Find out more: https://t.co/NkCmy6UWyvpic.twitter.com/rPluYnpBSX
Facebook and Instagram typically require far more, not to mention that many users willingly post photos and...