The UK’s app has been available on the Google Play Store and App Store – for Android and iOS – since September 1. Now, the STAYAWAY COVID application is considered a resounding failure, being removed by more than 1.8 million UK’s.
Despite the insistence and appeals of several government entities, in UK the tracking app was rejected. Five months after its launch, as mentioned in the “Eco” portal, at least 60% of users have already deleted the StayAway Covid application.
The purpose of the STAYAWAY COVID app
Created to help and speed up the tracking of contacts of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 in UK, the app needs the approval of the UK’s. According to Público, the wave of uninstallations continues to grow among users.
In five months, the app sent 2 708 contagion alerts to users of the same, which is its purpose. The application was developed by FCT FCCN with State support and explains its premise of action on the dedicated website.
“The application allows, in a simple and safe way, that each one of us is informed about risk exposures disease, by monitoring recent contacts. The application is voluntary use and free and, at no time, has access to your identity or personal data “, can be read on the StayAway Covid app portal.
3 million installations – 2 708 codes generated, the math of failure
Last October the application reached the peak of active users. It was at that time that Prime Minister António Costa brought to Parliament a law proposal that would make the use of the application mandatory – the proposal was failed.
Since then, only 39% of the nearly three million people who installed the app through Google Play Store, App Store and App Gallery from Huawei is that to continue to use. The number continues to fall from day to day.
“THEpeople are losing confidence in the app because there are no codes“, confesses the president of INES Tec, José Manuel Mendonça, responsible for the team that manages the application, in declarations to Público.
The official COVID-19 exposure notification app
The application arrived unsettled from the moment of launch in UK, being essentially a radar that alerts the user about potential exposures to other users of the app who were infected with COVID-19. For this, it is necessary for the user to enter the identification code in the application.
Now, with 3 million installations, the app will have registered 2 708 codes in the five months since its launch, the app has little or nothing to present it. These are meager results that demonstrate the expropriation of this solution to the UK’s reality.
The “valuable aid in the screening of COVID-19” is a solution only accessible to a fraction of UK’s society. Its installation may be relatively simple, but the use and insertion of codes is not – not in a society where digital literacy is scarce.
StayAway Covid’s success depended on voluntary use
Using COVID-19 is simple for me, for the regular reader of 4gnews, but we are the exception. Worse still, when a mere legislative proposal put the app and “obligation” in the same sentence, the fate of it remained there.
Any initiative of this kind, which rests, resides and depends on something as personal as the smartphone would always have to start with the free spirit of choice of users. Despite failing, António Costa’s proposal sank any chance of success that this application could have.
There is merit in an application like StayAway Covid, but never along the lines “mandatory“with which it was” suggested “to us last October. Proof of this was the peak of installations of the application at the time the proposal was reported, generalizing fear and increasing the installations, but emptying a good digital initiative from spirit – voluntary.
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