A number of British politicians are calling for new legislation before the government's contact tracing app is introduced.



The upcoming service - which will be rolled out as part of the strategy to control the coronavirus pandemic - has caused some concerns with Parliament's Human Rights Committe regarding surveillance and the impact it could have on other human rights.

In a report, the committe called for in-depth parliamentary scrutiny and proper examination and legislation before it is released to the public.

In a statement, Committee Chair Harriet Harman said: "The Government has given assurances about protection of privacy so they should have no objection to those assurances being enshrined in law.

"The contact-tracing app involves unprecedented data gathering.

"There must be robust legal protection for individuals about what that data will be used for, who will have access to it and how it will be safeguarded from hacking."

The report also called for an independent regulatory body to be instated to oversee the use of the app, as well as its effectiveness and privacy protections.

Unlike many European countries, the UK has decided against basing its app on Google and Apple's decentralised platform.

The latter service is designed to make sure personal data doesn't get collected or processed in a central repository.

However, according to NHS X - the National Health Service's innovation branch - the UK@s app balances privacy with allowing public health authorities to gain further insight into the virus.