Saturday August 8, 2020

Emer McLysaght: The contact tracing app is not the bonanza for nosy people I’d hoped for

Alas, there is no detailed map of where the virus is, down to the exact house numbers, with flashing and beeping sounds

12th July, 2020
Many thousands of us signed up for the Covid tracking app launched by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and the HSE last week, but will it satisfy the nosy neighbours? Picture: Maxwells

The HSE’s Covid-19 contact tracing app launched this week as part of the country’s ongoing strategy in suppressing the disease and minimising its impact. Within 12 hours, hundreds of thousands of people had downloaded it to their devices in an inspiring act of civic duty. A heart-warming display of community unity. And, I think it’s safe to say, an undeniable move of unfettered nosiness.

I was straight onto the app,...

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