The public is receiving constant reassurances that their privacy will not be violated by contact tracing, but this is a lie. There is no way that the tracking of phones will not be exploited by corporations and governments as a means to control the citizenry. It is already being test-run in countries like China and South Korea, and medical tyranny will be attempted here in the US soon. Bottom line – Tracking is an invasion of privacy implicitly rejected by the 4th Amendment of the Constitution. It does not matter if it is a corporation doing it or government doing it; ultimately they are both on the same team, and it’s not the people’s team. Solution? Stop carrying your cell phone with you…
In April, Apple and Google announced a rare act of tech giant fraternalism spurred by a global pandemic. Their plan tapped the short-range Bluetooth signals from smartphones. Phones would keep track—anonymously—of other phones they were near. When the owner of one of those phones was diagnosed with Covid-19, alerts would be sent to others who had recently been nearby. The idea was to help public health officials more quickly track down potentially exposed people and stem the spread of the virus.
In the United States, at least, it was also an experiment in federalism. Apple and Google provided the technical framework, which they term “exposure notification,” and guidance for how to use it. But it was up to states to build apps that use the tool and integrate them into their public health response.
That was then and this is now. Like much of the nation’s patchwork pandemic response, leaving states to sort things out individually hasn’t worked very well. Nearly five months since the initial announcement, only six US states have launched apps using the Apple-Google scheme. Discussions about creating contact tracing apps have become mired in battles about privacy and influence of big tech firms, and uncertainty about how much digital contact tracing would help the overall response to the pandemic. That’s especially the case when so many critical elements—testing, resources for the infected, manual contact tracing—remain in disarray. So on Tuesday, Google and Apple said they would take things a bit more into their own hands.