A new virus-tracking app, Covid-19 Alert, was presented to the government of the Netherlands recently but has already been abandoned due to security concerns.
Related: Best phone 2020 – The 11 best smartphones for youThe source code was published online to determine if the app was suitable for the Ministry and for public use.
However, the alarming presence of almost 200 full names, hashed user passwords and email addresses caused alarm and saw the app sidelined.
A spokesperson for the app said the information was “accidentally put online” as the company hurried to make the app’s source code available for public scrutiny.
This would allow the government to better collect data on the spread of the virus and more effectively apply quarantines and other regulation.

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