Everything You Need to Know About the Protect Scotland App

Find out more about the new Protect Scotland app, from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. What it's for and why should you download it to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is the Protect Scotland App?

This is an app that will let you know if you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). And if you test positive, it'll let the people you've spent time with know that they've been near someone that's tested positive. Don't worry, they won't be notified that it's you.

It will then give them clear guidance on what to do next - like if they should book a test for themselves and/or begin to self-isolate.

How does it work?

The app works by using your Bluetooth, which you must keep on. You can find out whether your Bluetooth is on or off on iPhone or Android by going your Settings. From here it picks up other phones with the app and detects whether you've spent over 15 minutes in close range to that other device.

It's anonymous and doesn't track things like your location. The data it picks up about being in close contact with someone with the app will be deleted after 14 days.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you'll be given something called a Test Result Code. You can then put this into the app. It will let everyone else with the app that you've been in close contact with know that they've spent time with someone who has tested positive. It will give them clear advice on what to do next.

They will not be told who has tested positive, only that they've spent time with someone that has.

Why should I download it?

The more people that download it, the better chance we have of stopping the virus from spreading. It alerts people quickly. That means they can then take action to stop the virus spreading to others. It helps protect you and the people around you, and might help stop local lockdowns.

What about my privacy and data?

The app doesn’t hold personal information, identify you to other app users, or track your movements.

It uses a little bit of your mobile data, but you don't need to connect to WiFi or mobile internet.

It runs on your phone in the background. You can continue to use your phone and apps as normal.

How do I download it?

Go to protect.scot to download the app for free.

Watch the video below for more info:

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