In England there is a legal requirement to isolate after a positive test. People who have been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace could have their details shared with the police on a "case-by-case basis". Forces will have access to information telling them if an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.
A memorandum of understanding was issued between the DHSC and National Police Chiefs' Council to allow forces to access information that tells them if a "specific individual" has been told to self-isolate. Those who fail to do so face fines starting at £1,000, which can increase to £10,000 for serial offenders or serious breaches.
I'm not sure where this "access" will lead but I can see the necessity to give the police "tools" to assist enforcement of the law …..
The developers of the Covid-19 contact-tracing app for England and Wales have stressed that none of the data it uses will be shared with the police.
It followed news that the contact details of people told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace scheme in England would be shared with the police "on a case-by-case basis". However, the app operates independently of this system.
The news from NHS Test and Trace on Sunday led to worried app users taking to social media to say they would delete it over privacy concerns. The Department for Health and Social Care told the BBC that neither the police nor the government received any data from the app.
In a tweet, the official account for the NHS Covid-19 app said "The app cannot be used to track your location, for law enforcement, or to monitor self-isolation and social distancing."
Just in case app users are confused or concerned .....