Coronavirus: Listen to podcast on tracing app controversy

While many countries have adopted contact tracing applications as a part of the fight against COVID-19, the UK – together with Japan and France – has adopted a unique approach by creating a centralised application where information is sent to a remote server (as opposed to being stored on the phone).

Although supporters of the UK’s centralised model argue it will give the Government more insight into the spread of COVID-19, backers of the decentralised approach argue theirs offers a higher degree of privacy and reduces risk of hackers obtaining the data through a central server.

In this podcast Mark Blunden, head of commercial & technology at Boyes Turner discusses with Professor Mark Bishop of Goldsmiths, University London*, some of the key challenges and issues surrounding the proposed app from both a technological and privacy perspective.

Boyes Turner LLP Podcast

*Professor Mark Bishop is the professor of cognitive computing at Goldsmiths, University of London; director of the Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics and chief scientific officer of FACT 360.