The allegations, of course, are completely false, but that's not stopping them from causing panic amongst some iPhone users.
According to the BBC today, the technology developed in the United Kingdom was not as "privacy focused" as what has been created by Apple and Google, but after testing its own app on the Isle of Wight, it was deemed ineffective.
The "Covid-19 Exposure Logging" tool appeared in the settings of Android phones and iPhones as part of an upate of their operating systems.
The update does not track users as it is claimed and doesn't feature any type of spyware. "What we've done in really rigorously testing both our own Covid-19 app and the Google-Apple version is demonstrate that none of them are working sufficiently well enough to be actually reliable to determine whether any of us should self-isolate for two weeks, that's true across the world". The switch means the bluetooth device - which is supposed to help health authorities trace people who have been in close contact with anyone going down with Covid-19 symptoms - could be delayed by months.
However, Google has added a new option at the top of the Google Settings for Android mobiles.
A bipartisan coalition of 39 state Attorneys General recently signed off on a letter to Google and Apple, expressing "strong concerns" regarding the proliferation of contact-tracing apps that may not sufficiently protect consumers' privacy.
The about-turn is result of privacy watchdogs criticizing the UK's government's decision to go alone on its contact tracing app that "will be less effective than incorporating Apple and Google's software, while also gathering too much personal information in a central database", The Financial Times reported.
But from this page, if and when the United Kingdom launches an official app, users will be able to monitor which app they are using.
"We discovered a technical barrier that every other country building their own app is also now hitting", Mr Hancock said.
However that data is not stored anywhere centrally - which was what the United Kingdom initially wanted to do.
The NHS had reportedly been testing both its own proprietary system and one based on the Apple-Google API, but found problems with their own.
"NHSX has been working with Google and Apple extensively since their API (application programming interface) was made available", the department said in a statement. In addition, the attorneys general asked Google and Apple to provide written confirmation to their offices once the apps have been removed or an explanation why removal of a particular app or apps would impair the public health authorities affiliated with each app.