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What you’ll keep my contact data for 20 years, and store it in the Amazon public cloud?

The NHSX App in the UK has not had a good time, and has been criticized for its centralisation nature. But it’s really what happens on the back-end that really matters, especially how the data will be used, and how long it will be kept for. And so, the details are finally being released about the NHSX App, and where Public Health England (PHE) says that it will hold the data gathered by the NHS Test and Trace App for 20 years and for five years for contacts:

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And to make things worse, they define that it will be stored in the public cloud, but with protection. The details stored also involves storing names, emails addresses and postcode. And who will have access to the data? Well, quite a variety of health agencies, including companies such as Amazon:

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The data is thus being stored in the public cloud. Personally it’s another own goal for the App, and the sooner they get the human tracers setup, the better it will be for all.

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