Isle of Wight contact tracing trial undermined by people on UK mainland downloading the app
The contact tracing trial on the Isle of Wight is being undermined by people on UK mainland also downloading the technology, members of an ethics board overseeing its development have acknowledged.
Sources close to the development of the Covid-19 tracking technology say the Government may now be forced to rush through a second trial before the contact tracing app is introduced in June.
Two figures close to the ethics advisory board appointed by NHSX have told the Telegraph of scenes of "chaos" prior to the technology's development.
Of most concern to the board is repeated difficulties in obtaining information from Government - including, initially, the questions that would be put to the public to identify symptoms on the app.
Since a smartphone app trial was launched on the Isle of Wight, the Government has said more than half of citizens have downloaded and used the technology.
However, sources close to the technology have cast doubt on those figures. "It's clear that some people who downloaded it were not on the Isle of Wight," one member of the ethics committee said. Doubts have been raised repeatedly in recent weeks over the technology's likelihood of success.
Prof Ross Anderson, a professor of security engineering at Cambridge's Department of Computer Science and Technology, believes the ethics board are being denied critical information which could compromise the safety of the app. "I spoke with the ethics committee and they admitted it," he told the Telegraph.
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