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Rapid development of contact-tracing technology prompts privacy soul-searching around the world
22 May 2020 00:00
Governments around the world are scrambling to roll out contact-tracing mobile technology that would enable health authorities to track those who have been exposed to the Covid-19 coronavirus. Supporters of the different types of technology involved say the apps will be a powerful tool in fighting the spread of the pandemic. Yet privacy concerns are prompting lawmakers in many jurisdictions to examine whether they have sufficient legal safeguards to encourage the higher rates of take-up that would make the apps more effective.
Smartphones’ potential in disease tracking lies in two areas: tracing populace movements, and Bluetooth-enabled proximity tracking.
Apple and Google revealed plans today to turn iOS and Android smartphones into coronavirus threat-detectors.
With Apple & Google to collaborate on covid19 tracing smartphone technology, many of the world's governments are weighing the privacy implications of using mobiles.