Norway is to delete the entire knowledge it captured by way of its COVID-19 contact-tracing app after the nation’s knowledge safety authority raised considerations.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Well being (NIPH) mentioned on Monday that it might be halting the coronavirus app following a warning from the nation’s knowledge safety watchdog.
Norway’s app was one of many first launched by Western governments following the COVID-19 pandemic and relied on each Bluetooth connections and a centralised database of customers’ GPS areas, which was saved for 30 days.
The app had been utilized by Norwegian authorities to trace transmissions within the nation and warn individuals who could have come into contact with somebody who’s contaminated.
A complete of 8,628 folks within the nation had been contaminated as of Monday – 8,138 of whom have recovered, and 242 of whom have died.
On Friday, the nation’s knowledge safety authority (DPA) mentioned that the low transmission charges within the nation meant that the app was not an affordable invasion of individuals’s privateness.
“We do not agree with the DPA’s analysis, however really feel it’s essential to delete all knowledge and put work on maintain on account of this,” NIPH mentioned in an announcement.
“We are going to because of this weaken an necessary a part of our preparedness in opposition to a ramification in an infection, as we now lose time for improvement and testing of the app.”
Formally often known as Smittestopp, or An infection Cease, the app has been downloaded by 1.6 million of the 5.three million folks in Norway, however has fewer than 600,000 common every day customers.
NIPH mentioned: “The pandemic is just not over. We have now no immunity within the inhabitants, no vaccine, and no efficient remedy.
“With out the Smittestopp app, we can be much less geared up to forestall new outbreaks which will happen regionally or nationally.”
Within the UK, a trial model of the NHS contact-tracing app had been rolled out on the Isle of Wight, however has not been used throughout the remainder of nation amid delays and repeated setbacks.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock beforehand mentioned the goal was to have the entire system up and operating by the center of Could.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had then promised a “world-beating” system can be prepared by 1 June, however the authorities’s lead for the app – Dido Harding – has now mentioned it will not be out there till the tip of the month.