Why am I not surprised...
Here we go again on our own. Going down the only road DC's ever known. That's about as much levity as I can produce. May have given myself concussion from too much slapping forehead with hand when I read the article.
There are just so many red flags raised by what's being done that I despair of where to start. Bluntly, it is apparent to me that this go-it-alone effort is deeply flawed, doomed to cause further unnecessary deaths. If I'd been working on this code and was aware of all these flaws with the basic premise I'd be walking away. There are too many things that have to be just right for this to work reliably for a single interaction between two devices. Factor in the issue that each new interaction is no more likely to work than any previous one. Now add in the variations in behaviour of every flavour of Android. It screams design fail at me - very, very loud. But at least DC's mate's brother is getting a £250 million contract out of it with, no doubt, a hefty cancellation clause.
You also have to persuade people to install and use it. While some of the people pushing for this solution may believe that this is the right thing to do, I suspect that others are more interested in the data collected.
Dr Ian Levy should be ashamed of himself for managing to publicly state that the app both protects privacy whilst not protecting privacy. There's no sensible data retention policy. No way to have your data deleted. No way to know what it might be used for in future. "Trust us" say the people who so far have failed to provide a single convincing reason to do so, and a number of reasons to absolutely not trust.
Fundamentally I can deal with the lockdown, I can deal with staying at home, not seeing my partner for two months. So far. What I am finding harder with each passing week to deal with is the ineptitude (at best - I'm being kind) of the government. Watching them react slowly to things most other countries reacted to quickly. Watching them turn important testing milestones into cheap and meaningless political stunts. And now watching them botch the track and trace approach.
The only conclusion I can come to is that the people leading the country are inept, lazy, self interested and bluntly uncaring about anything or anyone beyond themselves. People are dying at rates not seen anywhere else except maybe the US. People will continue to die. And our "leaders" will continue to insist that they're doing everything right, that now is not the time for comparisons, that the data sets are different...
I find their actions criminally negligent. Something needs to be done. I am so, so angry - that they are doing this, that our 'press' is by and large allowing them to do it unchallenged, and that there is nothing anyone appears to be able to do about it.