The UK contact tracing app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight - the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has highlighted the need for primary legislation and a Commissioner to oversee the app. (For more see editorial). Even if, as a population, we accept the loss of privacy and that it is the best tool for the job, widespread adoption may only be achieved if the trust extends to not only the operator of the system but to the technology being used?
The European Telecoms Standards Institute (ETSI) has set up a Standards Group to set out a framework that will enable developers to build interoperable mobile apps. It will consider the proposed EC recommendation on a toolbox for the use of technology and data to combat and exit from the COVID-19 crisis.
The harmonised standards that ETSI has achieved since its inception in 1988 are often overlooked. We have quickly moved through the philosophical arguments of a contact tracing app, with countries desperate to roll out the app to the general public, so providing it can move fast enough, an international standards body that can feed its wealth of experience in #cybersecurity #e-health and #emergencycommunications to allow the apps to interoperate with common basic standards is to be welcomed.