The vast majority of Irish adults – 82% – are willing to download a contact tracing app to their smartphone to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is according to new research carried out by a team from Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software at the University of Limerick (UL) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway).

However, respondents also expressed several privacy concerns, including that the Government, tech firms or hackers might use the information gathered for other purposes after the pandemic.

In the survey, ‘A National Survey of attitudes to Covid-19 Digital Contact Tracing in the Republic of Ireland’, 98% of the more than 8,000 respondents stated that they understood the concept of contact tracing and 96% stated that informing the HSE of your close contacts is important if you develop Covid-19.

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