Digital contact tracing will fail unless privacy is respected, experts warn


Letter suggests citizens will reject any centralised app launched to prevent coronavirus that harvests superfluous data

Digital contact tracing will fail unless governments build the technology in a way that respects user privacy, a group of nearly 300 experts have warned.

If public health bodies such as the NHS build centralised contact tracing apps that transmit superfluous data they will struggle to win the trust of enough citizens to ensure the activity is a success, the experts say.

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