Q&A Do you have the COVID-19 Contact Tracing App for your country installed?

Do you have the COVID-19 Contact Tracing App for your country installed on your phone?


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SecurityNightmares

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resistance of so many wackos who won't bother to wear a mask, make tracing a laughing matter. It's simply not possible.
wearing mask is for protecting others, while the tracing app is to protect you with digital data from others.
Remember that COVID-19 aka Corona can need 14 days until symptoms are visible so the tracing app, wearing mask and keep distance are proactive defence.
 

oldschool

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More important though, is that the sad state of tracing in the U.S. and the resistance of so many wackos who won't bother to wear a mask, make tracing a laughing matter
@security123 tracing itself is mostly broken in this country. Even the President and his staff are unable and unwilling to trace, plus resistance to masks. Their 2 recent, rather small-ish events exposed at least hundreds of people, possibly 1,000+.

Maybe folks in other countries don't realize how screwed up the U.S. is right now. Totally broken political system and government. It will take years to get past Covid-19.

I go shopping and walking. That's it!
 

brambedkar59

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We have Arogya Setu app here, it doesn't use the Google API AFAIK. I only install it when I have to travel cause it's necessary, after that I uninstall it cause it's garbage and drains battery. Even though our building had a case few weeks ago it didn't show anything in the app. What's the point if it doesn't even work.
 

Telos

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Does a BT app work when you are using BT peripherals (earbuds, etc.)? Otherwise, I turn it off to extend the time between charges.

Can the app even recognize BT signals from multiple phones present in your location, or only "one-at-a-time"?

What happens when if one reports themself positive (when they are not). Apart from panicking others, can they "undo" this? What if after reporting themselves positive (whether they are or not), they go grocery shopping... will they set off every nearby phone using the tracking app?

And since short exposures (say, under a few minutes) to others pose little likelihood of infection, what good is the app, since passing BT signals would rarely overlap even for a minute.
 

Spawn

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Does a BT app work when you are using BT peripherals (earbuds, etc.)? Otherwise, I turn it off to extend the time between charges.

Can the app even recognize BT signals from multiple phones present in your location, or only "one-at-a-time"?

What happens when if one reports themself positive (when they are not). Apart from panicking others, can they "undo" this? What if after reporting themselves positive (whether they are or not), they go grocery shopping... will they set off every nearby phone using the tracking app?

And since short exposures (say, under a few minutes) to others pose little likelihood of infection, what good is the app, since passing BT signals would rarely overlap even for a minute.
Or try it yourself and find out.

Apple and Google also have a paper explaining how their systems work.

Useful Links:
1. Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing - Apple and Google
2. Exposure Notifications: Helping fight COVID-19 - Google

No, I haven't even bothered to check out the app. I'm still tracked too much already, like everyone.
Both Apple and Google Exposure Notifications systems are implemented with privacy in mind. Linked above.

Must be different in the USA, where apps are built around NSA PRISM system. /s
 

SecurityNightmares

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You know that the system isn't for this kind of tracking and company's can use easier ways to tracking you?
Sorry but this is just nonsense.
I agree (at least for implementation in my country). System is not easy to use for actual tracking although it's "contact-tracing" app. Data they can get from you while you're using your mobile is much bigger then data collected by this app. And even if they somehow managed to get data from this app it wouldn't give them any additional information. So there's no point for them trying to get this data.
 
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In the UK it is a complete failure:




So no, I haven’t personally downloaded the app, as I don’t believe it is effective enough. Here we are constantly under different forms of lockdown anyway, that’s enough action from my side. I don’t wish to be tracked and traced.
 
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