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Covid-19 Tracker installed without notification on phones

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 18 Aug 2020 12:39 pm

Installation of trackers on mobile phones.
Google has installed a Covid-19 tracker on Apple & Android phones with their last update. They are currently off, but just to let you know. I received by messenger from a relative in the US a while ago so I checked (I figured it was the conspiracy theory BS) Sure enough, it is also been installed on my Samsung Note 8 under Google settings but with it in the off position. I reckon it will be turned on without notifying the user as well.
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Re: Covid-19 Tracker installed without notification on phones

Post by Max Headroom » Tue, 18 Aug 2020 12:46 pm

No way! Has to be bogus.

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Re: Covid-19 Tracker installed without notification on phones

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 18 Aug 2020 12:51 pm

Apparently it was installed in their June software update.

https://www.news4jax.com/health/2020/06 ... ifijUIP2z8

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Post by Max Headroom » Tue, 18 Aug 2020 1:13 pm

Just checked. It's there. But it's not a clandestinely installed app, or anything sinister like this. Both Google and Apple have been discussing releasing software to battle Covid-19 openly. With this release, they're enabling any actual Covid-19 tracker app to communicate with the cell in question.

In other words, you need to install an actual Covid-10 tracker app first and then switch it all on for tracking to be enabled.

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Re: Covid-19 Tracker installed without notification on phones

Post by Max Headroom » Tue, 18 Aug 2020 1:15 pm

Yup SMS, they installed the exposure notification system, correct. It requires additional software in order to operate though. It's pretty innocuous I reckon. For now anyway.

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Re: Covid-19 Tracker installed without notification on phones

Post by tt1973 » Tue, 18 Aug 2020 1:46 pm

I have checked my Android, it's there too!

How can I not know :x

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