Piloted in May, ditched in June: the failure of England's Covid-19 app

Government scrap contact-tracing app in favour of using Apple and Google’s technology

Designed to be a key component of the test, track and trace programme to forge a way out of lockdown, the NHS Covid-19 app has been beset by problems from day one – despite repeated claims to the contrary.

After a trial on the Isle of Wight at the start of May, the contact-tracing app was meant to be rolled out to the rest of England by the middle of the month. That soon slipped to some time in June. Then on Wednesday it emerged that we would have to wait until the winter. Now – after much behind-the-scenes scrambling, and head-scratching in Westminster – officials have decided to ditch the app entirely in its current form.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Piloted in May, ditched in June: the failure of England's Covid-19 app ———

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