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.

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@dch I see that governments want too look like doing something, but contact tracing based on Bluetooth are near useless. They just don't know enough about the circumstances of a contact to be able to create a valid recommendation out of that. To quote Bruce Schneier, "This is just something governments want to do for the hell of it. To me, it's just techies doing techie things because they don't know what else to do."
schneier.com/blog/archives/202

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