Contact-tracing app U-turn: UK ditches its own plan in favor of Google and Apple option

The UK government is changing course in the development of its contact-tracing app, and adopting the API put forward by Apple and Google as a backbone to build the tool, instead of rolling out the centralized model it has favored until now.

The app has been in the works since the start of April, but NHSX – a UK government unit with responsibility for developing best practice for NHS technology – initially decided to snub the tech giants’ protocol. Instead, the UK health services pitched a home-grown app, in which anonymous user data would be processed through a central database.

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Source: ZDNet