Police told not to download NHS Covid-19 app

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Police told not to download NHS Covid-19 app

By Rory Cellan-Jones
Expertise correspondent

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The Nationwide Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has confirmed officers are being informed to not set up the NHS Covid-19 app on their work smartphones.

The app detects when customers have been in proximity to somebody with the virus.

Some officers have additionally been informed they could not must obey self-isolate alerts generated by the app when downloaded to their private telephones.

Lancashire Constabulary has informed employees to name the drive’s personal Covid-19 helpline as an alternative.

The BBC contacted the North-West of England drive after a supply revealed the recommendation.

The supply additionally stated officers had been informed to not carry their private telephones whereas on obligation if they’d activated the app.

Lancashire Constabulary stated this was a coverage frequent to all forces and referred additional inquiries to the NPCC.

The NPCC stated it was finishing up an pressing assessment of the coverage. This might occur as quickly as Tuesday.

picture captionMembers of the general public are being urged to obtain the app to guard themselves and others

NHS Covid-19 launched final Thursday, since when it has been downloaded greater than 12 million occasions.

Along with contact-tracing, it additionally gives a means for customers to scan codes after they enter a constructing to log they have been there, in addition to a way to test if they’ve signs of the coronavirus and to order a take a look at.

The NPCC had beforehand raised considerations

about officers sharing information with human contact tracers on the grounds it might compromise undercover work and different delicate operations.

However because the app is designed to maintain individuals’s identities secret, this shouldn’t be an issue on this case.

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