UK smart phones display feature update for contract tracing – but its confusing as its not actual contact tracing

Update: The UK government terminated its contact tracing app trial, on going since the beginning of May and will now develop a new contact tracing app based on the Google/Apple Bluetooth tech. More confusion and incoherent messaging in the public health domain: A Covid-19 tracing software tool has appeared in the settings of both Android … Continue reading UK smart phones display feature update for contract tracing – but its confusing as its not actual contact tracing

He’s had Covid-19 and is double vaccinated: “UK’s Johnson to quarantine after COVID-19 contact”

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend 10 days self-isolating after contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, his office said Sunday — reversing an earlier announcement that he would not have to quarantine. Source: In U-turn, UK’s Johnson to quarantine after COVID-19 contact He was informed by the (unreliable) smart phone tracing … Continue reading He’s had Covid-19 and is double vaccinated: “UK’s Johnson to quarantine after COVID-19 contact”

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

Apple and Google installing contact tracing feature on all phones over next few weeks

Apple and Google, which built APIs for apps to use to do contact tracing have switched plans – rather than rely on third party apps to implement the feature, both companies will roll out contact tracing apps to all phones over the next few weeks (except possibly slightly older phones which seem to rarely get … Continue reading Apple and Google installing contact tracing feature on all phones over next few weeks

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

Japan pulls its coronavirus tracking smartphone app due to software design errors

The Japanese government has pledged to fix within a week bugs that have caused its coronavirus contact-tracing smartphone app to be shut down, the health minister said Tuesday. The free app, which was launched Friday and downloaded around 3.71 million times as of Tuesday morning, erroneously accepts ID numbers not issued by the Health, Labor … Continue reading Japan pulls its coronavirus tracking smartphone app due to software design errors

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