UK contact-tracing app ready for Isle of Wight downloads

05 May 2020

Isle of Wight

Now available in app stores

A test version of the NHS's coronavirus contact-tracing app has is now available via Apple and Google's app stores.

Council staff and healthcare workers on the Isle of Wight will be invited to install it on Tuesday, ahead of a wider roll-out on the island on Thursday.

Project chiefs have said their so-called "centralised" approach gives them advantages over a rival scheme advocated by the US tech giants and some privacy experts.

However, fresh concerns have been raised and the Information Commissioner's Office has declared that "as a general rule, a decentralised approach" would better follow its principle that organisations should minimise the amount of personal data they collect.

The House of Commons' Human Rights Select Committee also discussed fears about plans to extend the app to record location data.