Dutch contact tracing app finalists all fail in testing
In March the Dutch government announced that a contact tracing app would become the core of its testing policy. Of the 750 proposals it received in response to its open tender, 63 were long-listed; however, none of the seven finalists met the privacy and security criteria. Research simulating the effects of different policy measures found that random testing could in some cases be more effective and require fewer tests than the level of testing required for a contact tracing app to work. The Dutch experience shows the importance of considering non-app alternatives rather than placing all hope in apps.
Writer: Alice Stollmeyer, Marietje Schaake and Frank Dignum
Publication: Protego Press