Honestly people, this app is simply there to help trace contacts of people who have been infected, to reduce the effect of the pandemic! Honestly ... https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/04/uk_covid_app_human_rights_parliament/?fbclid=IwAR1bHhPWG2qsLJWYscgertry8fnyyh7LtH7TNgCC73HaNUNuuuFNoPeyq-w
Britons will not be able to ask NHS admins to delete their COVID-19 contact-tracking data from government servers, digital arm NHSX's chief exec Matthew Gould admitted to MPs this afternoon.
Gould also told Parliament's Human Rights Committee that data harvested from Britons through NHSX's COVID-19 contact tracing app would be "pseudonymised" - and appeared to leave the door open for that data to be sold on for "research".
"pseudonymised" - not anonymised.
De-anonymising such data was successfully demonstrated in 2015,
ICO is not particularly happy, maybe because they were ignored:
Addressing the same committee, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham repeated to MPs that her office "was not signing off on an app." Despite being closely questioned on her reverse-ferret from earlier declarations that "the starting point for contact tracing should be decentralised systems", she said this afternoon that she wanted the ICO to be a "critical friend" to NHSX.
Denham added that if enough people complained about the app, NHSX had given the Information Commissioner's Office its permission to "perform a voluntary audit on the app and systems – when appropriate to do so." She shrugged: "The functionality of the app is up to government to decide… it's not for me to decide, it's for me to advise on how to mitigate some of these potential risks."
But GCHQ is:
The National Cyber Security Centre was also wheeled out to defend NHSX, with top techie Ian Levy telling the world in a blog post late this afternoon that there's nothing to worry about because smart folk have put the hours in to ensure it's reasonably secure.
So honestly, given this ringing endorsement by our security services and the fact that this has been developed by people linked to Cambridge Analytica (NHSX is NOT the IT arm of the NHS: Whatever gave you that impression? Entirely coincidental I am sure
), it is evident that there can be no concern for those who have nothing to hide.