Contact Tracing: Computer Software

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government retains ownership of intellectual property related to the development and operation of the contact tracing app piloted in the Isle of Wight.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 09 June 2020

The intellectual property associated with the National Health Service COVID-19 app is retained by the Department. In order to promote transparency, the source code for the app is published under version 3.0 of the Open Government License. This licence allows NHSX to make the code Open Source whilst retaining its intellectual property rights related to the development of the app.

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