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Did Apple or Google install a COVID-19 tracking app on your phone?

Did Apple or Google install a COVID-19 tracking app on your phone?

By Brooke Wagner | June 23, 2020 at 10: 18 PM MST – Updated June 24 at 5: 31 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – There’s been loads of social media buzz surrounding a feature of the most modern operating map for Android and iPhone.

Some posts philosophize, Apple and Google installed a COVID-19 tracking app on our phones. We found out – that’s now not exactly upright.

Some cities, counties, and colleges are the expend of what they call “publicity apps.” The College of Arizona has one in the attempting out phases now, and the tech is being earlier in Europe. The postulate is to “join the dots” from areas of COVID focus, and alert you when you were nearby.

However you didn’t unknowingly install this extra or much less app the final time you updated your software. What’s to your phone now would possibly per chance perchance well be an interface that would possibly per chance provide abet to expend an app from the properly being division, as soon as you’re thinking that to put in one, when and if one becomes readily available.

”Heaps of oldsters were saying, ‘The app’s to your phone now,’ said tech knowledgeable Andy Taylor. “It’s now not. Tracking, looking on what (apps) that you just would possibly per chance perchance salvage gotten, yes – that has always been there. However tracking, direct to COVID-19, that’s now not something we’re seeing as of yet.”

This instrument would possibly per chance perchance well now not work except you enable it – and also you can not attain that except your city or county has an app that would possibly per chance perchance send beacons to your phone.

While you occur to need to search for the assign this selection lives to your phone, skedaddle to “settings,” then click “Privateness,” then “properly being,” then you’ll glance “COVID-19 notifications.” However again, you couldn’t enable it now, even when you wished to – because very best three states are for the time being serious about COVID-19 tracking apps, and Arizona isn’t one in every of them.

If that adjustments – that you just would possibly per chance perchance quiet need to seize to put in it.

”All individuals’s diversified by plot of privateness – and it’s now not going to be foremost,” Taylor said. “It is possible you’ll perchance be ready to think what you want install, what you want quit.”

What he plot by “quit,” is that, with any app, you most certainly are giving up some extra or much less records – so always be cautious sooner than hitting “install.” Taylor knowledgeable us there’s no credible COVID-19 tracing app readily available correct now.

”Study the handsome print with any app you’re installing, and what records you’re giving up,” said Taylor.

KOLD News 13 will document it when and if our local or reveal properly being departments invent an app readily available.

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