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Contact Tracing: Computer Software

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 54913, tabled on 4 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government retains ownership of intellectual property related to the development and operation of the contact tracing app piloted in the Isle of Wight.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

16 June 2020

The intellectual property associated with the National Health Service COVID-19 app is retained by the Department. In order to promote transparency, the source code for the app is published under version 3.0 of the Open Government License. This licence allows NHSX to make the code Open Source whilst retaining its intellectual property rights related to the development of the app.

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