Apple and Google block NHS Covid app update over privacy breaches

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App was to have been updated before English lockdown easing, but firms objected to data-sharing changes

Ministers have paused a planned update to the NHS Covid-19 app after Apple and Google blocked it from their stores over privacy violations.

The app, which aids contact tracing in England and Wales, uses technology built by the Silicon Valley companies to track interactions between users with their bluetooth signals and venue “check-ins”.

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