What you need to know
- Scotland has released its 'Protect Scotland' contact tracing app.
- It's built on Apple and Google's exposure notification system.
- It can alert you if you've been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but can't see any of your data or location.
NHS Scotland has today released its Protect Scotland contact tracing app to the public.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the app's release this morning in a Tweet stating:
The app is built on Apple and Google's exposure notification API and uses Bluetooth handshakes to determine if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If one of the people you've been in contact with registers a positive test, you'll get an alert.
FAQ: What is the Google-Apple COVID-19 (coronavirus) Exposure Notifications system?
From the protect.scot website:
The app is available on Android (6.0 and later) and iOS (13.5) or later. The app does not collect any personal information from users such as name, age, address, or phone number. It cannot track your location nor be used to check if you are self-isolating. The system uses random device identifiers to register contacts between devices, and that information is stored locally on your phone, rather than a server. It cannot see any of your contact information in your phone, nor can it reveal the identity of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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