16 Sep 2020

Half of US citizens would share medical data beyond COVID-19 despite surveillance state worries

According to a new study, over half of US citizens are willing to partake in sharing medical records to further the COVID-19 vaccine and health developments. However, fears of a surveillance state are still present despite the growing threat of COVID-19. Worldwide cases are slowly reaching 30 million total, and

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02 Sep 2020

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

In April, Apple and Google announced that they would team up to combat COVID-19 outbreaks and the ongoing pandemic through developing a contact tracing app utilizing Bluetooth signals from smartphones. The contact tracing was designed to help alert users to potential exposures, as well as help public health officials to

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13 Aug 2020

NASA Prepares to Launch Internal COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

NASA has announced plans to launch an internal contact tracing program to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus among its personnel and other agencies. NASA stated that the program, which will be voluntary, will be used to determine whether NASA employees have been exposed to the infectious virus and

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16 Jul 2020

Is Social Distancing Effective? Navy Considers Employee-Tracking Wearables to Find Out.

The Navy is considering equipping personnel with wearable devices that track movements and proximity to others in an attempt to investigate the effectiveness of social distancing measures as well as to ensure that Navy employees maintain a safe distance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The process would determine the efficacy of

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05 Jun 2020

Singapore updates contact tracing app to include foreign visitors

Singapore has reportedly updated its contact tracing app to include travelers entering the country as it plans to reopen borders within the near future. The country has also been researching the feasibility of issuing wearable devices to all residents in order to aid in contact tracing efforts. Last month, the

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27 May 2020

State-Based Contact-Tracing Apps Could Be a Mess

Worldwide, governments have been exploring contact tracing options that utilize technology, aiming to combat the spread of COVID-19. The United States has not done so yet, and it seems as though the apps will be deployed on a state-to-state basis, leaving room for potential backlash or deliberation over which states

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15 May 2020

Utah Says No to Apple/Google COVID-19 Tracing; Debuts Startup App

A new startup company called Twenty Holding has developed an app called “Healthy Together” that will aid in contact tracing for the Coronavirus in Utah. Healthy Together uses location data that includes GPS, cell tower triangulation, and bluetooth to distinguish users and Coronavirus transmission zones. Contact tracers can use the

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04 May 2020

India orders mandatory use of COVID-19 contact tracing app for all workers

On Friday, the Indian government announced that it is implementing a mandatory download of the nation’s COVID-19 contact tracing app for all workers in both the public and private sectors. India is preparing to ease lockdown measures for its lower-risk areas and has been working on re-opening non-essential businesses. Along

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30 Apr 2020

2 million Australians have downloaded a coronavirus contact tracing app

A new COVID-19 tracing app called COVIDSafe was launched in Australia on Sunday and has already amassed more than 2 million downloads in just a matter of days. The app is voluntary and is designed to aid health authorities in tracking what individuals a COIVD-19 patient may have come into

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30 Apr 2020

EFF: Google, Apple’s Contact-Tracing System Open to Cyberattacks

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that the new COVID-19 tracking app created by Apple and Google could be vulnerable to data harvesting that would be manipulated to shake confidence in the public health system. Developers have been warned by experts to exercise caution when using tech released by the two

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