UK contact-tracing app could fall foul of privacy law, government told

May 07, 2020 at 12:05PM

More protections needed before coronavirus app fully launched, says human rights committee

The NHS contact-tracing app must not be rolled out across the UK until the government has increased privacy and data protections, an influential parliamentary committee has said, as rights groups warn that the current trial is unlawful under the data protection act.

The joint committee on human rights said on Thursday it had “significant concerns” that must be addressed before the trial was expanded. Its report was published following a legal letter from the Open Rights Group warning of “heightened and urgent concerns” that the government had failed to follow laws requiring it to submit an assessment of the risks to the information commissioners office.

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