Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues

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By MATT O’BRIEN, AP Technology Writer

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)– Harnessing today’s technology to the task of fighting the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared.

The first U.S. state-adopted smartphone apps for tracing the contacts of COVID-19 patients are running into technical glitches and so far have only been downloaded by a tiny fraction of residents.

A second wave of tech-assisted pandemic surveillance tools backed by tech giants Apple and Google have other problems.

All technology-based approaches for tracking the disease face major privacy issues, say groups like the ACLU, which has a new white paper on the danger of building a new surveillance state in the name of public health.

©The Associated Press 2020

Categories: Coronavirus, Rhode Island