Contact Tracing: Computer Software

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Birt Lord Birt Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government to publish the reasons for developing a bespoke COVID-19 contact tracing application; whether they sought to collaborate with the developers of such applications in operation in other countries; if not, why not; and what lessons they have learned from the decision not to continue with their initial approach to the development of such an application.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We are working with other countries to exchange ideas and like the United Kingdom, many countries are working on solutions that best support their local systems while taking into account cultural and societal differences.

The challenges we have faced are not unique to us and have been experienced by a number of countries, including some who rolled out the app and then had to change their approach. It is only right that we test our approach and make sure we deliver a product that works.

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