I took a little flack when I mentioned COVID-19 carriers should have to wear dayglow clothing so people could identify them. I’ve also written about countries tracking people using their Smartphone location data who should be in quarantine.
Since then, there’s been reports of issuing COVID-19 folks a card they’d keep in their wallet to identify them with the disease. Not sure how that helps anyone, but okay.
Since it’s unlikely any of those efforts will work, Google and Apple are teaming up to create an app that will perform ‘digital tracing’ of COVID-19 folks. I guess they figure if folks are too ashamed to identify themselves, they’ll let your phone identify you.
There have been several variations on how this thing will work, but supposedly it’s an app you can download on your Apple or Android phone where you voluntarily self-identify as one with COVID-19. Through Bluetooth technology, any phone that comes within close proximity to you for some set period of time will get a text that you just encountered a COVID-19 carrier. One article said you may even get a phone call and be told to self-quarantine.
The privacy folks are up in arms about the very real possibilities of this app launching in the next couple months. Considering the amount of money these two rivals are putting up to create these apps, I feel rather certain it’s not a hoax.
Given a choice, would you rather see someone wearing something that identified them with COVID-19 or be tracked on your cell phone? Obviously, you’re not getting a choice, but it’s nice to ask.
Read more on COVID-19 Digital Tracing HERE.