CORONAVIRUS APP TRIALLED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT PUT ON THE BACKBURNER

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The coronavirus track and trace app that has been trialled on the Isle of Wight has now been put on the backburner with the Department of Health saying that it is no longer a priority.

Over 54,000 people have downloaded the NHSX app since it went live on the Island back in May, but now it has been announced that it is unlikely to be rolled out nationwide before the winter months. Originally, it was said the app would be used exclusively by Islanders for a 2 week period before being made available to users across the country.

The local trial has been hailed a success but it has identified that manual contact tracing should have greater priority at this time.

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Islanders are still able to use the app, although it has not been updated to include new information and symptoms. The app still doesn’t work on all devices, only supporting Android 8.0 and iOS 11 and above.

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Inbred iowter
Inbred iowter
9 months ago

How many islanders said this was a waste of time from the beginning well they have been proved right haven’t they

Mark
Mark
9 months ago

And all those who downloaded it, the government now has all your data to sell on to the big companies, google, apple, etc etc.

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Reply to  Mark
9 months ago

So you think that the government would break all data protection laws in doing that do you, do me a favour.

Barr
Barr
Reply to  Red Squirrel
9 months ago

This is the government we are talking about their the biggest law breakers anyway

Mr justice
Mr justice
Reply to  Barr
9 months ago

UK is the most corrupt country in the world. Coat and dagger,always has been. This government will do as it pleases, and you all will do as they say!

Louis Starkey
Louis Starkey
Reply to  Mr justice
9 months ago

Is it still raining in Moscow today comrade.

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Red Squirrel
9 months ago

Of course they will, they are the government.

Cock boy slim
Cock boy slim
Reply to  Mark
9 months ago

The app is only available for iOS and Android so there is no data of any commercial value that is not already available to the tech giants.

CLIVE COUTER
CLIVE COUTER
9 months ago

The grumpy negatively on the island always astounds me, or is it just those with too much time on their hands that comment, and others are out doing something useful, yes useful

Smithy
Smithy
Reply to  CLIVE COUTER
9 months ago

Well said! Although it has been a waste of time.

Adrian Moran
Adrian Moran
9 months ago

Yet again, another stunning waste of money. If only 54,000 people downloaded it, then the test parameters weren’t met to start with, plus the ongoing tech spec issues. Still Dominic Cummings mate, who owns the software development company did alright. 54,000 people will have had their information cross platformed and whatever information was harvested now belongs to the Government, as per the Apps T’s and C’s. Well done Mr Sausage…sorry Mr Seely.

Richard
Richard
9 months ago

I’m a software developer. I’ve been looking at the data the app on my Android 10 device gathers and sends. Currently, it has sent NO data. No way can it be working. My phone runs Android One, the most compatible version of android available. Well it seems the government agree that it does not work. App has now been dropped. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-uk-ditches-contact-tracing-app-to-move-to-google-apple-model-12009690

CLIVE COUTER
CLIVE COUTER
9 months ago

All this paranoia about data, usually from the least interesting people imaginable, with very small lives, like the wallflower in the corner at the disco, complaining that everyone is undressing her with their eyes..

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Reply to  CLIVE COUTER
9 months ago

Spot on Clive

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