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Privacy Watchdog would like information from Apple and Google about the Corona update

Privacy Watchdog would like information from Apple and Google about the Corona update


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Apple went a step further with its own corona warnings on Wednesday, and Google will soon do so. For this reason, the Dutch data protection authority asked the two technology giants for clarification on Wednesday.

In May, Google and Apple released the technology that can be used in contact research with corona patients. It wasn’t a finished app, but a system that other apps can use. The system tracks whether people have been in the vicinity of a corona patient. You can then be warned to be tested.

In the latest version of the operating system for iPhones, iOS 13.7, the technology has been adapted in such a way that an official Corona app is no longer required to warn others. The system does it itself, although the government’s Corona apps continue to work. The Corona update currently only works in parts of the USA and not yet in the Netherlands. Google will release a similar update to its Android operating system later this month. Apple and Google are talking about the Exposure Notifications Express.

Virtually every phone in the world runs on iOS or Android. “This seems to make the role of Google and Apple in contact tracing even greater than before,” said the Dutch data protection authority. The regulator wants to know exactly how the “second phase” of the Apple and Google systems work.