The UK's NHS will add Apple and Google's coronavirus tracing API to its app
What you need to know
- The UK's NHS already has a coronavirus tracing app in the works.
- The app will gain support for Apple and Google's coronavirus API.
- It'll enter testing next week.
The UK's NHS will be adding Apple and Google's new coronavirus API to its own app, according to a BBC report.
It was announced that the app was being built last month, but following the arrival of a new API from Apple and Google, health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that it will be integrated.
The idea is a simple one – users who are unwell update the app on their phone. That information is then used to send a notification to the people they've come into contact with, allowing them to take the required action.
But that isn't going down well with everyone. The University of Cambridge's Prof Ross Anderson is concerned that history will repeat itself here – and that history shows the NHS isn't all that great at keeping private data private.
Regardless, a version of the new app will begin testing next week.
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