UK still undecided on using Apple-Google API for new Crown tracking app

The NHS is gearing up plans to launch its new Crown Contact Link tracking app, despite still unresolved functional problems,media have reported. Unlike countries such as Switzerland and Latvia, the UK rejected the Apple-Google Contact Notification API in early 2020 and switched to its own system. This is clearly due to differences over how to store contact and contact data.

UK still undecided on using Apple-Google API for new Crown tracking app

But ministers are still considering using Apple and Google’s technology to develop the app, the BBC reported on Thursday. And that is a concern about the risks behind the country’s choice of “one-man-in-one”.

Although originally planned to go live in May, it has yet to actually be rolled out to the public. It is currently being tested on the Isle of Wight and is scheduled to be released within two weeks. However, the app’s early trials on the island have puzzled some testers.

It is understood that the confusion is related to a feature called “amber warning” that is sent to the user’s phone when a user contacts a person who has reported symptoms but has not been formally diagnosed. In response, some testers criticized the warning “because it increases their anxiety without specifying what they can and cannot do.” “

Another problem may be the use of the app in a crowded residential environment. Because of the proximity of people in these areas, users may receive contact notifications from people they have never really touched. On May 19, two Australian security researchers also discovered seven security vulnerabilities in the source code.

In early May, the NHS was considering switching to the Apple-Google API. As of early June, however, the NHS itself did not appear to have any plans to do so.

But Matthew Gould, head of NHSX, made it clear that the decision to abandon the Silicon Valley solution was not set in stone. “If there is a different approach that is better and more effective in achieving what we need to achieve, we will make a change,” he told a parliamentary committee on May 4. “