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Weakest link for apps tracking coronavirus exposure? People

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Builders of smartphone apps that detect exposure to the coronavirus have ensured that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They also planned for privacy, making the app features as bare-bones as possible.

But as more states roll out smartphone contact-tracing technology, other challenges are emerging. Namely, human nature.

Kaiser Health News reports the system works only if a lot of people buy into it. But people will buy into it only if they know it works.

Only about a dozen U.S. states, including Colorado, have launched the smartphone feature, which sends users a notification if they’ve crossed paths with another app user who later tests positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus / News / State & Regional News

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  1. no, weakest link is developing an app that tracks people, when they do not want to be tracked, that is why this failed.

    1. Exactly.
      Also I know someone who had it and then deleted it because of how much anxiety it caused. When the survival rate is 99.8% for 90% of the population whats the point?

  2. Nope, no tracking for me.
    Nothing but fear mongering!
    Did Polis have tracking? We should have tracking apps for public figures to find out where they go and who they are with.
    Skrew them.

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