The Irish government has confirmed its plans to release a national app to help trace the spread of COVID-19 and has stated that it will not use a centralized database, in line with Apple and Google’s own technology.

In a statement, the Department of Health stated:

As part of the national response to Covid-19, work is underway to develop a national app for contact tracing and real-time symptom tracking.
The primary purpose of the app is to enable the health services to improve the speed and effectiveness of contact tracing and to map and predict the spread of Covid-19 in support of the overall goal to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of Covid-19 to others in our community.

One of the biggest talking points of contact tracing is user data, privacy, and security. The Irish government has now confirmed that its app will not use centralized data storage, but rather user data…

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