The United Kingdom’s National Health Service announced that their reverting development of an internal solution, which would’ve allowed the NHS to report diagnostics & data on all civilians that downloaded their planned application. This app would’ve been supported on Google & Apple devices, working in a centralized format to confirm civilians were separated by two metres. Multiple concerns regarding privacy & data collection from the government were explicitly stated from various authorities.
It’s these remarks that prompted the NHS to announce that internal development on centralized NHS networks has been cancelled. Instead, it’ll maintain a decentralized format similar to Apple and Google with their proprietary applications. Additional privacy concerns have been expressed with this announcement; both Apple & Google have infamously kept diagnostic data from world governments. It’s worrisome that these largescale corporations will implement similar tactics with COVID-19 data, which follows after these tech conglomerates and governments have continuously fought over legislation.
The NHS COVID-19 Response Application is meant to inform civilians when their safety is at jeopardy. This will be managed through the Contact App for iPhones and Android handsets. Whenever the NHS Application notices that downloaded consumers aren’t obeying social distancing measures, contacts will be informed that their relative or friend is at risk. When infections in UK Civilians are confirmed, the NHS Application will notify their contacts via directives. It’s this feature that’ll have an overwhelming majority install the NHS Application, with the UK Government hoping this’ll limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Alphabet Company was 1st to employ the decentralized format on their handsets. Apple maintained a centralized system for half of their current lifespan, inevitably realizing their competitors had chosen the correct size. Diagnostic data is anonymous with the model used by Google, which is owned by the Alphabet Company. Outside sources like the government cannot access critical details on the consumer’s lifestyle, shopping habits, personal information, relationships, and mindsets. Acquiring this data would’ve been possible under the centralized format.
It should be mentioned that the United Kingdom had wanted centralized networks to locate COVID-19 Hotspots. This has been challenging for the government, making it harder to curb the spread of this virus.