Saturday 24 October 2020

Quarantine rules spoil Covid app research

Initial research into the effectiveness of the Dutch coronavirus app, which warns people if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, has flopped, news website said on Friday. The health ministry has now admitted that data relating to the use of the app during testing, which could have provided useful information, was incomplete and partly unreliable, said. The app, which was launched nationwide six days ago, began trials in five... More >

Devices are spy risk in boardroom: RIVD

Company meetings with smartphones and tablets on the table must become a thing of the past because foreign countries, such as Russia and China, may be listening in, the chief of the Dutch military intelligence service RIVD has said in an interview with the Telegraaf. ‘These devices are great because you have all the information you need to hand. But the risk of hacks is simply too great,’ major-general Jan Swillens, who has been heading the service since July last... More >

Dutch coronavirus app goes nationwide

The Dutch coronavirus tracing app was introduced across the country on Saturday, following last week’s senate vote in favour of using the alert-based system. The CoronaMelder app, first mooted in early April, will warn users if they have spent 15 minutes or more in close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus – as long as they have allowed that information to be used. It will not be compulsory to use the app, which works by exchanging random... More >

More delays for coronavirus tracing app

The Dutch government-backed app which warns people if they come close to possible coronavirus patients will not be rolled out nationwide until mid-October at the earliest, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday. This is because the legislation needed to anchor the app in law has not yet completed its passage through parliament, the broadcaster said. The upper house of parliament will not vote on the legislation until October 6 at the earliest, but this could be delayed if senators have a... More >