English police forces have been told not to install the Tories’ COVID-tracking app on any smartphones used for work, confirmed by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).
Officers have also been told they can ignore alerts if they install the app on their personal phones – and that if they have installed the app on a personal phone they must not carry it while on duty.
Police sources in the north-west of England said the order is driven by fears about the security of the app, but the NPCC claims it is because it wants the app to work ‘consistently’ for officers and staff across the country.
The BBC has reported this on its news website, but has not covered it in its broadcast output, where it would be far more widely seen. The order applies to public-facing police roles as well as to back-office staff.
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