It was reported on Saturday night that people in England who have been told to self-isolate through the test and trace system could have their data shared with the Police.
Ministers’ decision to allow people’s Covid test data to be shared with the police is a huge mistake.
Anything that further undermines the public’s dwindling trust in this Government’s handling of the pandemic is damaging, and few things could have been better designed to do that, than this.
We need people to be traced and encouraged to isolate but the best way to do that is through local public health officials working with local councils.
Asking our already overstretched police service to take on this task is both self-defeating and a serious misjudgement. Ministers must reverse this policy urgently.