This isn't a typical privacy/safety tradeoff and it does us a disservice to talk about the exposure notification technology they have developed in clickbait terms like, "Google and Apple want to know where you are going and are sharing this data with the government."
The method Google/Apple are using to contact trace is very unlikely to compromise privacy. GPS Location is not tracked, just the strength of a Bluetooth signal emitted by other folks using the service, and whether you have covid symptoms. Personally identifiable information is not sent to the server, just enough to inform people if they've been in contact with someone long enough to be at risk (as determined by Bluetooth signal strength and exposure time).
No security is foolproof, butI think it's unlikely someone will be able to de-identify the data and/or tie the data back to physical locations.
The public health departments who will launch apps using the technology do not have access to personally identifiable data or location data. Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this:
This technology is very different from how Google and Facebook's consumer services mine your location and social behavior. Even Capiche can easily tell where I am posting this message by geo-locating my IP address.
You could argue that when you are sharing your key/covid status with the Exposure Notification server Google/Apple might store your IP address and make it possible to geo-locate you, but given their statement I doubt they want to poke that bear:
"This system does not collect location data from your device, and does not share the
identities of other users to each other, Google or Apple. The user controls all data they want to share, and the decision to share it."
Our governments have hundreds of methods of tracking us. If we want to worry about it, this method should be low on our list of concerns, despite how much the media loves talking about it.
I think @AndyBauch hit this one spot on - the systems discussed/set-up thus far are highly unlikely to compromise the average person's privacy more than many of the things they already do. And as Andy mentioned, the government already has plenty of other ways to track people - using information that people have provided freely when utilizing common tools and services online.
I'm really concerned about this topic. But everybody is seeing it like, Google & Facebook are already doing it, then why not Government! If any government is forcing us to install any app, there goes freedom and everything. If it's necessary and the situation is like out of control then an open-sourced app is the answer.
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