Green Party Health Spokesperson, Ossian Smyth TD, has called on the Minister for Health to put an effective and rapid contact tracing strategy in place as part of the country’s ‘exit plan’ from the Covid-19 restrictions.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Smyth, who has a background in software and medical statistics said: “In order to lift the temporary restrictions, we need adequate testing, isolation and tracing of all suspected cases of Covid-19.
“Mobile technology has been central to South Korea’s success in managing the disease, by tracing the contacts of every person infected with this virus. We have just one chance at delivering a successful contact tracing app, which would need to have over 50 per cent of the population to install it, for it to be effective.
“I am calling on the Minister for Health to publish details on the developers and specifications – including the technical, data privacy, cryptographic and API specifications – of the contact tracing app, currently in development by the HSE. We should not rush an inadequate solution in front of the public. If adoption is low, the purpose will be undermined.
“I am also calling on the Minister to confirm that a Data Protection Impact Assessment is or will be carried out, and that the app complies with the recommendations of the European Commission’s eHealth Network, in order to protect privacy and personal data.”