On Friday, Apple, and Google parent company, Alphabet, two of the tech industry’s fiercest competitors, announced a joint effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus through consumers’ smartphones.
The joint effort will utilize so-called contact tracing, which helps public health officials identify and notify individuals who have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. But rather than deploying boots on the ground, the firms will use the Bluetooth connections built into their millions of smartphones.
By doing so, the hope is, they can convince anyone who is at risk of contracting coronavirus to self-isolate, effectively cutting off the virus’s ability to spread through communities. The ultimate goal: To allow the country to tentatively re-open in the absence of a vaccine.
Here’s how the system will work, and, the companies say, protect your privacy. Read Yahoo article
Although this sounds voluntary and that Apple and Google are going to great lengths to protect your privacy, it does show cellphones can be used as a tracking device and give out lots of personal information. In other countries there have been reports of cellphones being used by officials to see if stay-in-place orders were being followed.
Personally, I would recommend heavily considering the benefits gained from this verses the personal information given up. Remember this info would go into some centralized database once you voluntarily submit that you are infected. There are other reports of sinister plots that require citizens to have some mark or ID verifying that they have been vaccinated before being able to resume life or reenter society.