NHS’s coronavirus contact-tracing app could endanger LGBT human rights

NHS’s coronavirus contact-tracing app could endanger LGBT human rights
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Posted on 26 May 2020

The NHS’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app could endanger LGBT human rights, a democracy advocate has warned.


Speaking to Forbes, Fair Vote UK’s Kyle Taylor said: “We may have protections now, but human rights can be eroded quickly.

“If a centralised server becomes a reality and retains information - potentially forever - it could be used by a later government who aren’t as friendly towards LGBT people.”


Taylor continued: “We should simply not accept a centralised app. If you want to know if you should worry about these plans? Let me tell you now, this is bad... I wouldn’t use a centralised app, because there is no justification for it to be centralised.

“The thinking is, this will be the most incredible set of data imaginable. We already give too much to social media, our friends, what we like, and location data.


“Considering around every 14 to 21 days, you repeat the people and places you see; with the quality of data the NHS centralised-app will gather, alongside social data - it means within three weeks you could map someone’s entire existence.

“No one should have that information except for you. It’s an extremely threatening data set and could be used to control and undermine us.”


Taylor added: "The danger for LGBT people is linked in particular to the parallels of the HIV epidemic. That wrong and prejudiced idea, that 'gay people are responsible for viruses' - that is still prominent in the majority."

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