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One to watch VERY closely. Can they confirm the immigrant threat? Does it justify proposed activity? Where will data come from?
So our COVID app will now get built on decentralised Apple / Google foundations. But as this thread rightly says, don’t lose sight of how useful any app is for this purpose and the tech precedent now in place
IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE!

This government makes more U-turns than my granny with a broken sat nav

Help @openDemocracy @Foxglovelegal @medConfidential and others to hold them to account.
What @WebDevLaw says. Principles to live by when developing in times of crisis.
Gapple decentralised contact tracing has positive and privacy protective intended use. But it is one component. Apps will link and be layered on top.

By all means trust in best intentions, then verify protection against what might come next #PPSC
As I said. Vigilance will be key and it is largely folk who have other day jobs doing it (Twitter leaning on volunteer accessibility advisors as exemplar oversight shocker)
We cannot ignore the the broader legislative context that these contracts are being negotiated and delivered into.

We are at dire risk of the govt retaining power to change laws by decree. TEMPORARY powers rapidly approved thanks to current crises.
This by @davidhencke breaks down the blunt autocratic legal tools left like toxic Easter eggs in rushed legislation
Of course we should be able to trace patrons if there’s an outbreak linked to a specific location

But not without strict limits on data collection, robust protection, no unnecessary sharing, minimised retention and no unexpected reuse. #PPSC
Expecting circular logic of give them your details, or download the app, or install this biometric Immunity passport.

None of which negates the need for adequate due diligence and work to minimise risk of data compromise, inappropriate data reuse, or access creep.
10 days for pubs to get GDPR- compliant customer data collection in place. Thread and sub-threads on simple privacy protecting solutions vs rushed and repurposed apps
This is not one residual risk of harm if we mess up requirements, design, oversight, and on-going control. This is built on top of an existing risk landscape
Where are we with sharing data? Is it creeping? Granting £108mn PPE contracts to firms with no specific expertise in PPE provision, does not provoke confidence (see @GoodLawProject for more)
Boris demanded personal control and freedom for govt to share NHS data for Covid purposes. Parliament failed to stop that. Palantir facilitates analysis, but Faculty directs and interprets output for policy makers.
I obviously don’t mean personal control in the literal sense. I mean Number 10 declared they would take control, but this is a government seemingly run like a personality cult. Something that should concern us all
Related news. Blackstone, a massive US property company, who previously sold motel guest data to ICE, is buying Ancestry, complete with family tree, lifestyle, and DNA data
A thread about UK govt. ambition to accumulate DNA data, with a focus on reuse risk and due diligence. Particularly pertinent in context of recent PPE deals and planned changes to Judicial review.
Clearview, trying to claim a constitutional right to harvest images from social media and sell analysis and data sets to highest bidder
In UK news, Serco central test and trace fails, blames NHS while forced to let local health teams take over (as should have been case all along).

Sends Argar, Health Minister and former Serco PR man, onto Radio 4 to spin it.
Will this Serco failure result in penalties for breach of their contract worth tens of millions, maybe to grant some of that to the public health teams taking over?
Back to #Faculty. How well controlled is their involvement in many arms of government to provide far more than COVID-19 ‘insights’.

Who limits use of personal health, credit score, social media and other government data and where else does data go?
More on DNA. Another multi-million contract, this time for a retail DNA firm pushing junk science lifestyle health rhetoric
Here’s a clinical genetics PHD on the dubious value of retail DNA tests and their reported outputs #DNADont
Now #AlevelResults. Due diligence, exception handling mechanisms, and KISS (often by leaving more human empathy than tough to tune and test tech in the mix).

Innovators love times of crisis, but not everything should be disrupted...
More from @Foxglovelegal. As I shouted again just yesterday:

Any system that does not deal fairly and promptly with exceptions is not just broken, it’s destructive

Scotland listened. How many English kids will be sacrificed to a govt trying to save face?
#GCSEResults next and folk need to be prepared. Pressure needs to be applied
Matt Hancock is accountable for Serco test and trace failure, but keeps calling it NHS. Does he bin Serco and fund the austerity ravaged NHS? No. He pays Serco more, bins PHE and puts Dido Harding in charge of giving local NHS test and trace to Serco
Conservative media trying to spin this as laudable house cleaning, as opposed to giving Dido Harding, who has presided over repeated failures, a new portion of critical NHS pandemic infrastructure to run.
What of the shiny new National Institute for Health Protection? Nothing shiny and new:

Between ex Serco Health Minister Argar and Dido’s tangled vested interests, this is another profitable gamble under guise of public good.
What personal health data will now flow to Serco and Sitel from local test and trace?

Maybe none? Maybe a bare minimum to get the job done? Maybe they already had access to everything? Off to check what @medConfidential has to say.

What does this mean for the future?
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