The Coronavirus App – level 3

13-05-2020 07:00

Apple and Google have developed a COVID-19 tracing software that would alert people who have been in contact with the coronavirus. However, the companies will ban the use of location tracking in apps that use the software.

The companies said that the data would be collected using Bluetooth every 10 – 15 minutes, so it can avoid GPS tracking. Around the world, the software will only be available for one official app per country. In the US, local governments can decide how they would like to use it.

Privacy advocates previously raised concerns about the feature possibly revealing the identities of infected people. This could possibly lead to false self-diagnoses.

On Monday, Apple and Google announced that the software can be used in both iOS and Android phones.

Difficult words: alert (to make someone aware of something), reveal (to show), self-diagnose (when a person thinks that he has a particular disease without seeing a doctor).

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