No ta. Look, I'm as wary of Corona as the next guy, but this seems like a feature that would never be turned off, even if we manage to get rid of Corona totally.
The GSM Association, the body that represents mobile carriers and influences the development of standards, has suggested its members bake virus contact-tracing functionality into their own bundled software. The body today popped out a paper [PDF] on contact-tracing apps. After some unremarkable observations about the need for …
As an idea, this stinks, a baked in contact tracing app that will be a target for dog knows who, to find a way to abuse it. If they turn out like the baked in rubbish on my last Samsung, it will be near impossible to get rid of.
I wonder what the implications are regarding GDPR too? Opt in to me means that I get to decide whether or not it is on my phone, not a phone manufacturer, a government or even a doctor.
'Don't touch that tin foil, it's mine!'
It's things like this that allow conspiracy theories to spread. This should not even be a discussion we should be having. Apple and Google have set their stall out for states to use. This just looks like some government sponsored attempt to get it permanently baked into new hardware and we all know exactly how it will be used.
"The GSM Association, the body that represents mobile carriers and influences the development of standards, has suggested its members bake virus contact-tracing functionality into their own bundled software."
Another reason to buy SIM free mobile phones that haven't been anywhere near a specific operator. Presumably the manufacturers would comply and add this to their own device specific bloat but my point here is having seen how bad some operator bundled software is, I am quite happy not to have some half-arsed effort forced upon me by amateurs.