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Apple/Google contact tracing will work without apps [pdf] (cdn-apple.com)
3 points by riffraff 34 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

It took me a little bit to find the "without apps part". Here's the paragraph:

> In the second phase, available in the coming months, this capability will be introduced at the operating system level to help ensure broad adoption, which is vital to the success of contact tracing. After the operating system update is installed and the user has opted in, the system will send out and listen for the Bluetooth beacons as in the first phase, but without requiring an app to be installed.

And since it is at the OS level then what is there to prevent it being opt-out or even mandatory?

Yeah -- this is definitely going to be a privacy concern -- I think the biggest part of the "opt-out" is you don't have to alert anyone when you contract COVID-19... but they're still tracing you the whole time?

This feels a lot like Dark Knight.

You can turn Bluetooth off whenever you want. Just kidding.

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