Protect Scotland app from Waterford-based firm NearForm
On September 10, Scotland released a Covid-19 contact tracing app called Protect Scotland from Irish firm NearForm, which had been launched with some fanfare by Scotland’s First Minister four months earlier….
Via The Times:
Nicola Sturgeon told the country “that your privacy will be respected at all times” when she launched Test and Protect on May 26.
The Times has now confirmed that data can be shared with Police Scotland to issue fines and other organisations that demonstrate an undefined “legitimate reason” to access the data.
The first minister also promised that the Protect Scotland app, which she has urged everyone in Scotland to download, will protect privacy.
However, the mobile numbers used to register on the app are retained by NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS), which can be compelled to hand them on to police.
…Despite repeated requests last night, the Scottish government declined to clarify its position, fuelling fears that police officers could be handed personal information given to contact tracers.