Covid tracking apps summarized

When people mention “Covid tracking apps” it would be useful to first define what is meant by “Covid tracking app”. There are many approaches in use and many that are proposed. The various methods are remarkably different. When you hear that “Country X used a tracking app and they have fewer cases”, this does not … Continue reading Covid tracking apps summarized

Google accused of forcing installation of Covid-19 tracking apps

Google is force-installing a Massachusetts COVID-19 tracking app on residents’ Android devices without an easy way to uninstall it. For the past few days, users have reported that Google silently installed the Massachusetts ‘MassNotify’ app on their devices without the ability to open it or find it in the Google Play Store. Source: Google force … Continue reading Google accused of forcing installation of Covid-19 tracking apps

Privacy: Over half of Covid-19 smart phone tracking apps do track your actual location, and 1/3d even access your photos

An analysis of nearly 500 Covid-related apps worldwide shows major differences in how much data they expect you to give up. Source: The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield | WIRED How many Covid-19 cases have been successfully tracked with smart phone-based exposure notification and contact tracing apps? Past reports say close … Continue reading Privacy: Over half of Covid-19 smart phone tracking apps do track your actual location, and 1/3d even access your photos

Covid-19 tracing apps: UK’s tracking app continues to be a mess

3 days after official launch the UK’s contact tracing app is a mess: Users who report symptoms but then get a negative test result still must isolate because there is no way to report a negative test result. About one-third of the positive test results – any done at NHS basically – cannot be reported … Continue reading Covid-19 tracing apps: UK’s tracking app continues to be a mess

A thorough analysis of how mobile phone apps and location data are being used worldwide for attempts at Covid-19 tracking

The linked report is a very thorough analysis of what is being done in countries throughout the world in regards to cell phone data for Covid-19 tracking, and looks at a number of issues, particularly with regards to privacy. Source: Mobile Location Data and Covid-19: Q&A | Human Rights Watch I see so many problems … Continue reading A thorough analysis of how mobile phone apps and location data are being used worldwide for attempts at Covid-19 tracking

Why “Covid-Tracking Apps” will probably not work

I previously wrote about covid tracking apps and that what a “tracking app” is varies tremendously by country. Please read that first. There is another issue that crops up – and that’s the effect of conditional probability (or Bayes’ Theorem). I am still reviewing this to see if I did something wrong (I think I … Continue reading Why “Covid-Tracking Apps” will probably not work

More details on Google’s forced install of Covid-tracking app on phones in Massachusetts

Massachusetts launched a COVID tracking app, and uh, it was automatically installed?! Source: Even creepier COVID tracking: Google silently pushed app to users’ phones | Ars Technica Not only was it automatically installed, it does not appear with in the apps listed on your device. You can only see it if you go to the … Continue reading More details on Google’s forced install of Covid-tracking app on phones in Massachusetts

Univ of Massachusetts professors: “What does a positive COVID test mean?”

When used for asymptomatic mass screening, a positive test has problems: What does a positive COVID test mean? | Covid Balance The of U of M, like the universities in my state, have not followed WHO guidelines (as of Jan 20, 2021). One university in my state not only tests entire asymptomatic student populations, they … Continue reading Univ of Massachusetts professors: “What does a positive COVID test mean?”

Smart phone contact tracing apps mostly ignored, unused

In reality, adoption of contract tracing apps by citizens was largely sporadic and unenthusiastic. A trio of researchers in Australia decided to explore why contract tracing apps weren’t more widely adopted. Their results, published on 23 December in IEEE Software, emphasize the importance of social factors such as trust and transparency. Source: Why Aren’t COVID Tracing … Continue reading Smart phone contact tracing apps mostly ignored, unused