contact tracing

Android COVID-19 tracking apps are experiencing loading issues

Paresh Dave / reuters Apps that use the Android Exposure Notifications System are currently experiencing loading issues. The Android apps, which track the spread of COVID-19 via Bluetooth, are taking longer to load and carry out exposure checks, according to The Verge. Google’s engineers are attempting to resolve the issue, which is reportedly affecting all …

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COVID-19 contact-tracing data is fair game for police, Singapore says

Enlarge / A user in Singaapore holding the TraceTogether device that can be used for COVID-19 contact tracing in lieu of a smartphone app. Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images The government of Singapore said this week it has used data gathered for COVID-19 mitigation purposes in criminal investigations, sparking privacy concerns about contact …

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Is it too late for the US to execute a pandemic plan?

Enlarge / A woman in France displays a contact tracing app. DAMIEN MEYER / Getty Images There’s a standard set of best practices for disease outbreaks that includes a process called contact tracing. Each time you identify someone infected, you figure out who they’ve been in proximity to during the time they were infectious. You …

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National COVID-19 exposure server could alert people across states

Adam Berry/Getty Images COVID-19 contact tracing apps will only be effective across borders if states and countries can readily share data, and a collaboration could soon make that happen in the US. iMore reports that Apple, Google, and Microsoft are working with the Association of Public Health Laboratories to launch a national server to store …

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NY partygoers get subpoenas after stonewalling COVID-19 contact tracers

Enlarge / This picture taken on April 5, 2019, shows nurses waiting for patients at the Rockland County Health Department in Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York, amid a measles outbreak. Getty | JOHANNES EISELE Test, isolate, trace, quarantine: these are the bedrock public health measures proven effective at stamping out an infectious disease before it …

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From Australia to Norway, Contact Tracing Is Struggling to Meet Expectations

Researchers in Australia have identified a bug that caused that country’s contact tracing app to malfunction, it was announced Monday.  Governments around the world have introduced contact tracing apps to track the spread of the coronavirus. But, as in Australia, so far it’s unclear how much of a benefit these systems are having. Critics complain …

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More than 7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps, data shows

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Because of the lag between infection and the onset of symptoms, people can contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus and then pass it on, potentially to many others, before they know they’re infected and have to isolate. So being able to identify and warn individuals who have been exposed to an …

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Germany’s COVID-19 contact tracing app arrives this week

Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images Germany will be the next big country to launch a COVID-19 contact tracing app. Health Minister Jens Spahn has confirmed that the app is “coming this week,” with reports suggesting that it might be ready as soon as June 16th. Like Italy and some other countries, it’s using a …

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Minnesota Official Alarms Privacy Advocates With Contact Tracing Comments

At a press conference Sunday Minnesota Department of Public Safety commissioner John Harrington compared the methods police were using to identify protestors to those used to track COVID-19 cases.  We’ve “begun analyzing the data of who we have arrested, and begun, actually, doing what you would think as almost pretty similar to our COVID. It’s contact …

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COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

Enlarge / A global pandemic is no excuse for sticking your nose in other people’s private data. Getty Images A group of lawmakers from both parties is putting forth legislation that aims to protect Americans’ privacy and personal data while advancing public health initiatives in the face of COVID-19. Well over 100,000 people in the …

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