COVID Tracking app silently installed by Google and Massachusetts, and people have been accusing them of it. The COVID 19-tracking apps have always been one of the most sensitive topics ever since then it came up in the previous year.
While such apps made it a lot easier for you to have privacy violations coming from third parties. A lot of companies, and governments as well. Google Apple making provision for the official frameworks for authorized apps to hook right into only some amount of comfort and assurance, but it turns out, it might not just be completely worry-free.
COVID Tracking App Silently Installed by Google and Massachusetts
Tons of report rising on a daily basis has tried to demonstrate how Google and the Government of Massachusetts worked silently hand in hand to install the latter’s MassNotify Android app on users that have not even agreed to Android’s official Exposure notification feature.
The deal with COVID-19 contact tracing apps is to have a location-aware device that you have at all times. While some of the versions of the app are making use of QR codes or even manual input.
One of the most convenient implementations would be able to log where you have been and, if someone tested positive in that area is there, you would be notified immediately. This alone happens to bring up more red flags that proponents have tried to further address in lots of ways.
Android and iOS Tracking App
One of the many ways is to be in possession of official APIs made and authorized by Google and Apple only for such purposes on Android and iOS, respectively. The Platform would allow makers that the screen and vet app that makes use of some apps.
Usually, ones that come from government agencies or an accredited health organization. in other words, it only happens to be with Google’s or Apple’s Knowledge and approval that such apps would get installed, making this incident in Massachusetts that is all the more complicated.
A lot of people happen to be that this MassNotify app suddenly got installed without the knowledge, let alone their approval. They were only aware of that fact when they received the notifications from an app, they had no idea was installed. The app could also not get installed since it was not listed in the Android app list.
COVID App Gets Installed but Not Enabled
The MassNotify’s Help Desk admits that the app would get installed but it is not enabled. Google confirmed this setup, explaining that the functionality that has been built right into a device setting but would only be enabled if they explicitly are transformed in the exposure notifications.