Folks in the UK, about the government’s contact tracing app made by folks from Vote Leave & GCHQ:

- Do not download it.
- Do not use it.
- Tell friends & family not to either.

This is a mass surveillance app. It won’t protect you. But it will create a very dangerous precedent.

@aral I'm going to call this tinfoil hat paranoia in the face of a very real and harmful disease.

I share your wider concerns about mass surveillance but it is an honest attempt at dealing with a fatal pandemic that is decimating population and economy alike.

Please consider the wider ramifications of "civil dissent" at this point in time.


@dch @aral even if you don’t think it’s a privacy problem, it is a problem that contact tracing apps 1. can’t logically work if you know even the first thing about the technology involved and basic statistics. 2. don’t work based on the evidence from countries that have tried. 3. are promoted under the dangerously false pretence that they somehow protect you from getting infected like a digital talisman or, as the Australian PM called it “sunscreen”.

@dch @aral it’s not an honest attempt to help anything. it’s an incompetent and impotent attempt to apply a technology solution to a non technology problem that will kill more people than it saves by giving people a false sense of security, and getting them to stop doing other measures that do work.

@dch @aral that all said, surveilance is besides the point. if enough people download the app, the government will take it as a signal to ease restrictions

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