The Irish government has decided to back a decentralised model of data processing for its coronavirus app. The decision comes after meetings with Apple and Google, who are involved in building an app based on a decentralised approach.
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“In terms of the design architecture, we were initially pursuing a ‘hybrid model’, but following discussions with other countries and GDPR experts, have now opted to progress development on the basis of a more ‘de-centralised’ or ‘distributed model’,” Health Minister Simon Harris wrote on Friday (1 May) to members of the Irish parliament.
The decision puts Ireland at odds with the UK’s approach, which has been to store data retrieved from the contact tracing process on central servers, which can be accessed by public authorities. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)