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Do you want a "contact tracing" app on your phone?

Contact tracing is a virus containment method involving tracking down people newly infected and everyone they've come into contact with. In countries like South Korea, contract tracing played a major role in flattening the curve of infections. Now, Apple and Google will reportedly work together to create a "contact tracing" app, which would use Bluetooth technology to notify people when they have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Some are hopeful this methodology could turn the pandemic around worldwide, while others have major privacy concerns about tech giants and governments' access to private information such as location. What do you think?

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There's no question extensive contact tracing would make a significant difference in containing COVID-19; the problem comes down to implementation worldwide. Apple and Alphabet (Google's parent company) believe they can collaborate to find a solution. Per the Wall Street Journal's Sam Schechner and Rolfe Winkler:

The tech giants on Friday said they will release tools for software developers to create so-called contact-tracing apps that record when smartphones come into close contact with each other. Such apps could warn users if they were nearby someone later diagnosed as positive for Covid-19.

If the plan were to work, not only would the app require widespread adoption, but COVID-19 testing would need to be widely available. According to Schechner and Winkler, the tech giants put forth a diagram to show how the app would work:

Instead of tracking devices’ specific locations, apps using the new protocol from Apple and Google would track proximity to other devices. To do so, they would rely on a technology built into smartphones called Bluetooth that is normally used to connect wireless headphones or transfer files to nearby devices.
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Although the idea has great potential, privacy concerns abound. Per the Wall Street Journal: 

Privacy activists have taken issue with the use of location data even in fighting an epidemic because it can reveal very sensitive information, stigmatizing people and discouraging cooperation with public-health authorities.

Furthermore, some critics say if testing was widely available, a contact-tracing app would hardly be necessary

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