(LONDON) #Coronavirus App Report: Wales becomes first to trial an app that will track people who have contac t with #Coronavirus carriers and their CEO says that members of the public will be willing to give up some o f their “ Personal Freedoms “ to tackle the #pandemic and with the ‘ Isle of Wight ‘ to become another trial this week will they also be willing ? With lockdown powers are devolved ho wever, with the UK government having responsibility for England #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.04: Editor says ………The world is changing and #PressFreedom and peoples freedoms are being eroded daily under new lockdown procedures and with governments changing laws to take control the question is “ How Much Will People Be Willing To Sacrifice “ to be able to resume some form of ‘ life ‘ And How does tracing work? With a million downloaded since Sunday night

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BBC reports …….Wales’ chief medical officer says he believes members of the public will be willing to lose some “personal freedoms” to tackle the coronavirus epidemic: The Welsh NHS is monitoring the trial of an app to track people who have had contact with carriers of the virus:

#Coronavirus Report: Public ‘willing to lose some freedom’ over data privacy but with #NHS rejecting Apple & Google app so what will people be willing to sacrifice to be able to lift lockdown?

CovidsafeGetty ImagesCountries such as Australia are among those developing Coronavirus apps

But Dr Frank Atherton said the UK would need to tread “carefully” Ministers have said community tracking and tracing of the virus will be needed to ease Wales out of lockdown: On Monday a draft UK government plan to ease restrictions, seen by the BBC, suggested reducing hot-desking and minimising numbers using equipment as potential measures………………Lockdown powers are devolved, however, with the UK government having responsibility for England: Dr Atherton said First Minister Mark Drakeford will make an announcement towards the end of the week about the kind of restrictions that could start to be lifted: Speaking on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers, Dr Atherton said contact tracing would be a mixture “of old-fashioned public health track and trace together with some of the new digital technologies”

A trial of a NHS app aimed at limiting the spread of the virus is to begin on the Isle of Wight this week: Using Bluetooth, the free smartphone app will track when its users come into contact with each other, automating the tracing process: Contact tracing is not new and has been used in previous epidemics to control their spread. It was used for coronavirus earlier in the outbreak. But there are concerns at the privacy implications of the use of apps: “Certainly, there are trade off to be made, in all of the decisions we make there are pros and cons,” Dr Atherton said: “You know, you have to ask yourself well how much personal information would people be willing to put into this if it was able to start to tackle the coronavirus epidemic: “I think by and large the sense that one gets from the communities agree that some, some loss of personal freedom in terms of data would be worth doing for that: “But that’s something that we have to tread very carefully in the UK, of course: “We’re watching very closely what’s happening in the Isle of Wight,” he added, saying the trial was in its “very early days”.

White paper ….PACT: Privacy Sensitive Protocols and Mechanisms for Mobile Contact Tracing

[Submitted on 7 Apr 2020 (v1), last revised 17 Apr 2020 (this version, v3)]
https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.03544

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: May.04: 2020:

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