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Scotland launches coronavirus contact-tracing app

The contact-tracing technology in Scotland was first announced in May 2020

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Scotland launches coronavirus contact-tracing app. Source: unsplash.com

According to ComputerWeekly.com, the Scottish government has officially launched Protect Scotland, the COVID-19 contact-tracing app.

This app is an additional tool complementing existing person-to-person contact-tracing. That’s the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.

It uses Bluetooth to anonymously alert users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and advises them to self-isolate.

Protect Scotland also leverages encrypted, anonymized codes exchanged between smartphones to determine all close contacts, that’s why the individual’s location won’t be disclosed.

Besides, if the person tests positive for COVID-19, they will be sent a unique code to their mobile.

The data can be sent to a server, this way, close contacts also using the app can be notified by text and advised to self-isolate.

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