Apple and Google say no to location tracking in coronavirus contact tracking apps

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AAPL) and Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google has said it will not allow location tracking in a new contact finder they are jointly developing to fight the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Reuters reported. “Data-reactid =” 19 “>Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google said it would not allow location tracking in a new contact tracking system they are jointly developing to fight the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Reuters reported.

“Apple and Google, whose operating systems power 99% of smartphones, said last month that they would work together to create a system to notify people who have been close to other people who test positive for COVID -19 “, according to Reuters.

would only be supplied to public health authorities. Bluetooth will be used to search for contacts, and no GPS location data will be used or stored, to protect the privacy of citizens and avoid profiling. “Data-reactid =” 22 “> The technology of contact searches will only be provided to public health authorities Bluetooth will be used to track contacts and no GPS location data will be used or stored to protect privacy citizens and avoid profiling.

According to a joint statement, the Bluetooth identifiers rotate “every 10-20 minutes, to help prevent tracking”.

“Each user will have to make an explicit choice to activate the technology,” said the companies. “It can also be disabled by the user at any time. “

As Bluetooth is automatically deactivated to save battery, some meetings with COVID-19 may be missed.

Both Apple and Google have said that only one application per country will be allowed to use the contact tracking system, to avoid fragmentation and encourage wider adoption. National sub-units such as states will be supported.

Privacy experts warn that leaks from a location data cache could lead to the ostracization of businesses and individuals.

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