Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have said they do not plan to allow location tracking in a new contact tracing system they are working on to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to Reuters.
Reuters wrote, “Apple and Google, whose operating systems power 99% of smartphones, said last month they would work together to create a system for notifying people who have been near others who have tested positive for COVID-19.”
According to Finance.Yahoo.com, the contact tracing tech would be offered to just public health authorities and its Bluetooth will help with contact tracing without the usage of any GPS location data, so as to safeguard the life of citizens and protect their privacy at the same time.
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Both companies had this to say in a recent joint statement, “Bluetooth identifiers rotate every 10-20 minutes, to help prevent tracking. Each user will have to make an explicit choice to turn on the technology. It can also be turned off by the user at any time.”
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