The Government is trailing “contact tracing” apps to track infections—but has failed to explain how it intends to ensure that privacy risks are minimised.

The UK has chosen to do this by building an enormous database holding information about who met whom. Other countries like Germany have instead chosen to preserve people’s privacy by doing ‘proximity matching’ directly on people’s phones.

They UK Government needs to have very good reasons to justify building a central database and the privacy risks must be mitigated. Their Data Protection Impact Assessment falls short.

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