NHSX, in a blog over the weekend, said that it has prioritised security and privacy in all stages of the app's development, starting with the initial design, and user testing.
have also offered their expertise to help NHSX build its own app.
"We have drawn on expertise from across government and industry to review our design and help test the app," NHSX said in the blog.
"We are working with Apple and Google on their welcome support for tracing apps around the world," it added.
In an unprecedented collaboration earlier this month, Google and Apple announced their decision to pull their expertise for tracking COVID-19 spread with the help of smartphones.
They said that their Bluetooth-driven exposure notification system to enable iOS and Android
phones trace the spread of coronavirus
is completely safe.
The NHS in Britain
is facing questions as to why it needed to have its own framework for coronavirus
contact tracing app.
The NHS app is likely to be rolled out in two to three weeks, said the report.
But before that the app is rolled out, it will be tested in a trial with a small number of people.
In retrospective, public-health authorities across countries believe that improved tracking of infected people and their contacts could slow the rate of pandemic spread. In light of this, the technology
giants decided to come together in building tools that could help authorities build contact tracing apps, which could be used in the operating systems of the billions of iPhones and Android
devices around the world.
Here is how the contact tracing tech work
After downloading the public health app, the user will have to permit it to collect anonymous data
When he/she meets a person, a record will be made
If a person updates his/her status as Covid-19 +ve, the app shall update data on the cloud
Other people’s app will check if they had met any Covid+ve person
If a match is found, the user will be alerted