As of August 1st, smart phone bluetooth-based contact tracing apps have mostly vanished

They were an ill conceived “great idea doomed to success”. Seemed like a great idea but in practice, they are likely not workable. I have posted many items on this topic already. They really do need mass adoption to have a meaningful impact. Even at 50% adoption, they could only detect 25% of potential contacts. … Continue reading As of August 1st, smart phone bluetooth-based contact tracing apps have mostly vanished

Smart phone Covid-19 contact tracing apps accomplishing little

In May, a report said Iceland had achieved the largest penetration of any virus-tracking app, with 38% of its 364,000 inhabitants installing it. But the Iceland app, which collected people’s GPS data, “wasn’t a game changer,” according to Gestur Pálmason, the deputy chief inspector of Iceland’s Covid-19 tracing team. Oxford University researchers have said 60% … Continue reading Smart phone Covid-19 contact tracing apps accomplishing little

Adoption of contact tracing app in France off to a very slow start

France was one of the first Western countries to build an app to track exposure to the coronavirus, but sluggish takeup rates could limit its usefulness in preventing a second wave. Source: French Contact-Tracing App Struggles with Slow Adoption. It Isn’t Alone – WSJ What many do not understand is that it requires a lot … Continue reading Adoption of contact tracing app in France off to a very slow start

UK’s NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app postponed until next winter

Their Isle of Wight trial taught them several things – and the UK has now postponed the roll out of a smart phone contact tracing app until probably the end of the year. Minister says smartphone tool was not a priority for the government at the moment Source: NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app for UK will … Continue reading UK’s NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app postponed until next winter

Australia’s Bluetooth-based contact tracing app deemed largely irrelevant

Says they’ve identified a total of … one person: The PM told Australians in April the contact tracing app was key to getting back to normal but just one person has been identified using its data Source: How did the Covidsafe app go from being vital to almost irrelevant? | World news | The Guardian … Continue reading Australia’s Bluetooth-based contact tracing app deemed largely irrelevant

7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps

No surprise: More than 7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps, data shows | Ars Technica With 30% agreeing to install such apps today, that means just 9% of potential contacts could be detected. The apps have a host of real problems: insufficient users to be useful. At 50% adoption, we can detect only … Continue reading 7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps

Norwegian Institute of Public Health cancels their smart phone tracing app due to privacy issues

One of the first national coronavirus contacts tracing apps to be launched in Europe is being suspended in Norway after the country’s data protection authority raised concerns that the software, called ‘Smittestopp’, poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy — including by continuously uploading people’s location. Source: Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts tracing app after … Continue reading Norwegian Institute of Public Health cancels their smart phone tracing app due to privacy issues

Contact tracing apps do not track surface contacts across time

First: India mandates workers use COVID-19 tracing app, France rolls out tracing tool and other tracking efforts | MobiHealthNews The WSJ also reports that China’s health tracking app will be mandatory even after the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Bluetooth is normally not active when the phone is locked – or the app is not in … Continue reading Contact tracing apps do not track surface contacts across time

Apple-Google Bluetooth “contact tracing app” depends on widespread adoption to be useful

The biggest challenge for these apps going forward is adoption. The more phones that opt-in to the system, the more successfully it can detect how the virus spreads. Apple and Google say that getting the public to trust the apps and opt-in is critical to the effort. Source: Three states commit to Apple-Google technology for … Continue reading Apple-Google Bluetooth “contact tracing app” depends on widespread adoption to be useful