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I see #NHSEx has published the slides from its @HDR_UK “Data Access & Discovery” event, charmingly subtitled “A Forest Through the TREs” - on YouTube, if you want to listen:

*I thought the phrase was “cannot see the forest for the TREs”, but hey...
Let’s take a look:…

One reason we use the category term #TRE to refer to Trusted Research (or any other use) Environments that meet the #FiveSafes is that everyone wants to call their own TRE something different, so no-one really knows what they mean...
Call yours what you like (e.g. for @ONS it's their Secure Research Service) but if it only does four #Safes, or three Safes - and if it isn’t also #consensual and fully #transparent - then it's not a #trustworthy TRE...
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Finally, the #GoldacreReview is published! (During Parliamentary Easter holidays, mid-ping-pong on the #HealthAndCareBill...)

It's 221 pages - each PDF page is a double page spread - so this could be a lo-o-o-ong [Thread].

Here goes...
First point to note, in the Terms of Reference (p5), is that this is about "access to #NHSdata by #researchers, #commissioners, and #innovators" - i.e. #Planning and #CommercialReUse - so it is directly relevant to the operation of millions of people's #NationalDataOptOuts... Terms of reference for the review  1. How do we facilitate a
"185 wide-ranging recommendations for us to explore", says @sajidjavid (p6). Gulp! Time for some coffee...

"systems that ensure #underrepresented groups are well represented" may (partly) refer to this "landmark review", which got off to a slow start:… The far-reaching independent review into potential ethnic bi
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Was about to install the famous #NHS #covid19 app (don't ask), yet couldn't find it easily in #GooglePlay (remember I use a fair few devices not just an old iPhone!)

These apps were offered to me, from Jersey (the island), Scotland, Northern Ireland and even #Gibraltar

Odd eh?
I thought I had mistyped etc but bring over the link, externally to double check.

It said, "Your device isn't compatible with this version"

Curious, you might have thought that #NHSX etc would have made work (at least part of it) with the #Amazon #Fire tablets (was using that)
Obviously, that type of request could seem unusual, as the app is mostly designed for phones.

But one of the major purposes here, is the mass take up of the app, getting everyone possible to use it and beat #covid19

And these are probably most prevalent #android devices about.
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It would be really handy if the government could publish a technical explanation about how they are calculating proximity from the limited data they collect (TX power and RSSI intervals) that is superior to what Apple/Google’s framework does. #NHSX #DailyBriefing
In case you’re curious about exactly what data is captured from an “exposure event” in the #NHSX app, here’s an example from my own testing - this is taken directly from the file that stores this data locally. #DailyBriefing Image
Slight correction - whilst the app only captures RSSI data, IIRC, when you report symptoms and this file is uploaded to the server, I think it also captures some information about your device (OS/device model) which could feed in to their algorithm too.
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UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model.

How many millions, how many months & how may lives will have been lost by the government's obdurate reliance on British exceptionalism & crony corporations run by mates of Dominic Cummings?…
It was obvious many weeks ago that the govt's approach to its contact tracing app was deeply flawed. I set out the reasons why in this thread on 3 May.

It's worse than mere incompetence. The whole sorry business stinks of corruption at the highest level.

Those world-beating contact-tracing system criteria in full:

☑️ Multi-million £ contracts to Vote Leave cronies
☑️ Multi-million £ contracts to corporations recently found guilty of massive fraud (Serco)
☑️ Multi-million £ contracts to Tory donors (Deloitte)

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Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) released by #NHSX in relation to the #NHSApp. It highlights a range of significant issues in data protection legislation. It does this in order so that these issues can be remedied before the next DPIA is published. #Covid19UK
Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) released by #NHSX in relation to the #NHSApp.
Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) released by #NHSX in relation to the #NHSApp.
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(A thread) I started reading the NCSC document on the new #covid19 contact tracing app to be trialled in the Isle of Wight. Lots of interesting info. Until we have the actual app to look at, this is the best we can do.

I wanted to understand a couple of things:
1- What user data is collected?
The app asks users to enter their partial post code on registration. No other personal info is collected.

2- Are locations tracked?
No. The app uses BLE to detect proximity to other devices.
If someone becomes infected, a notification is sent to everyone that that has been identified as at risk.

3- What does the app send over Bluetooth?
This one is interesting. The app creates an ID at registration. It also creates a private and public key.
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The discussion on #marr about NHS contact tracing apps seems to have avoided the question about whether it will work with the new Apple-Google Bluetooth protocol, or not.

I can appreciate that feels “technical” but it relates to whether it will work properly or not.
#NHSX still insisting that the app can “work in the background” but also ignore the Apple-Google demand for ‘decentralised’ matching of contacts.

Hints at ‘workarounds’ in articles, but no actual explanations. Sounds fragile at best. And hardly ‘transparent’.
Meanwhile, Germany has flipped its position and abandoned “centralised” contact matching so it can leverage the Apple-Google API.

If Germany feels it is necessary, why does the UK think it can carry on regardless? #marr
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The #NHSX mobile tracing app announcement makes many positive claims about user data and privacy.

There’s nothing in the blog however to explain:

• Will it work with Apple / Google protocol;
• If contact matching done on device as per above… #Covid19UK
If the @NHSEngland app doesn’t work as per Apple / Google’s protocol, then there are *huge* issues over whether it will work without hitting battery life.

As we explain on our blog:`…

We need clarity, or a car crash argument may ensue.
Clarity over purposes and how they are met is needed.

And the NHS needs to state plainly if they are leveraging the new Google / Apple API or not. #Covid19UK Image
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1. ancora una volta, io sento il dovere di NON stare zitta e dire quello che in una fase di grande "distrazione" (come nooo...) non viene detto sulla "APP" (#sorveglianzaDiMassa) contro #COVID, perché gli sviluppi che vedo sono a dir poco preoccupanti
2. dopo una fase in cui abbiamo temuto il peggio del peggio, ovvero una #sorveglianzaMassa stile #CoreaDelSud con integrazione #datiLocalizzazione,#DatiSanitari,#CarteCredito,#videocamereTelefonini e di tutto di più,ora ci viene proposta una soluzione apparentemente più decente
3. ci viene lasciato intendere che abbiamo scampato il pericolo del modello #CoreaDelSud e che non verrà usata la #geolicalizzazione spinta nelle intenzioni originali di #VittorioColao, ma verrà usato il #bluetooth
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