Coronavirus: the United Kingdom renounces its application for the benefit of Apple technology-Google

Coronavirus: le Royaume-Uni renonce à son application au profit de la technologie Apple-Google

The british government has decided to abandon the application of tracing of contacts of patients with the novel coronavirus developed by the public health service for the benefit of the technology developed by Apple and Google, said on Thursday the BBC.

In the place of its central application in test for over a month, believed to play a key role in the déconfinement, the executive will opt for the technology decentralized developed by the american giants, according to the media british public.

He said that two leaders of the project NHSX, Matthew Gould, and Geraint Lewis, were indented for the benefit of Simon Thompson, a former Apple.

In the United Kingdom, where the déconfinement is done according to a different calendar in the constitutive nations, England was launched at the end of may, a system, tracing the recent contacts of patients by teams dedicated to the service of sané (NHS).

This system must be complemented by a mobile phone application, which was tested on the island, English Wight, the deployment of which at the national level had been announced initially for the month of may.

On Tuesday, secretary of State at the ministry of Health, James Bethel, had indicated to the deputies that the application of the NHS was “not a priority” and that he was not sure that it would be launched before the winter.

Fueling fears regarding the respect of private life, the Uk had at the outset adopted, such as France approach ” centralized “: the smartphone is going to check on a central server that our nickname is not in the list of pseudonyms crossed by an individuals contaminated.

Other countries, such as Germany, have chosen an option “decentralized” favoured also by Google and Apple. In this architecture, our smartphones regularly import the list of all the nicknames that have cross-infected persons, and check themselves if our pseudonym appears on these lists or not.

On Tuesday, the advocacy organization human rights Amnesty International has warned against the risk that the tracing applications developed by Bahrain, Kuwait, and Norway pose to privacy.

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