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HSE To Begin Testing Contact Tracing App Next Week

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

12:40 PM - 30 May 2020



The HSE's contact tracing app is to be trialled next week, but there is no indication yet of when it will be released to the public.

It was initially announced on March 29th, with the expectation it would be rolled out shortly after.

The app has faced numerous delays over the past two months, centred around the app's compatibility between Apple and Android.

In a statement today, the HSE said: "The app will be launched once it is fully operational and the necessary approvals have been received from the Data Protection Commissioner, NPHET, HSE and Government.

"The app is being prepared for field testing which is due to commence next week."

Once it's released, the contact tracing app will be voluntary and opt-in, and will use bluetooth technology to communicate between devices.

If a person spends a period of time in the same area as a confirmed case, a notification will then be sent to the device.

The HSE has said the device is being designed in a way that 'maximises' both privacy and value for public health.

A number of countries have already launched contact tracing apps to assist in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

However, some researchers have highlighted concerns about the accuracy of Bluetooth technology for such apps.

Main image: File photo - illustration picture shows a smartphone with COVID-19 app in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Picture by: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ABACA/PA Images


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