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    Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    But devs think there is a "significant risk" it won't be accurate enough to be useful this year.
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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    I wonder how many friends of government have made money from this, or am I just being sceptical...

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    How long before the app is mandatory, force-installed by every carrier on every phone?

    Jeez, so the whole world will be going round with every individual permanently connected and tracked, while they're gleefully scanning QR codes everywhere... and yet the idea of Covid being deliberately released for nefarious ends is somehow still decried as conspiracy theory?

    At this rate, y'all will be given CB radios with which to contact me, instead of my phone number!!
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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    How long before the app is mandatory, force-installed by every carrier on every phone?

    Jeez, so the whole world will be going round with every individual permanently connected and tracked, while they're gleefully scanning QR codes everywhere... and yet the idea of Covid being deliberately released for nefarious ends is somehow still decried as conspiracy theory?

    At this rate, y'all will be given CB radios with which to contact me, instead of my phone number!!
    You can always turn bluetooth off or root your phone and install a custom rom to avoid tracking if you want to be paranoid, but how far do you take it then? wear a mask 24/7 in public so that CCTV cameras can't track you? Don't use a bank and stick to cash only?

    There's only so much you can do to avoid being tracked in today's world, and you're signed in to a site and have given them your location and IP sooooo.....

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    How long before the app is mandatory, force-installed by every carrier on every phone?
    ummm... the most recent versions of iOS and Android are (might even have it already) having 'covid19 tracking' baked in.... supposedly lots of 'security' around it but one of them is built by google and we all know how they like user information...

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    World beating.
    Grab that. Get that. Check it out. Bring that here. Grab anything useful. Take anything good.

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    How long before the app is mandatory, force-installed by every carrier on every phone?

    Jeez, so the whole world will be going round with every individual permanently connected and tracked, while they're gleefully scanning QR codes everywhere... and yet the idea of Covid being deliberately released for nefarious ends is somehow still decried as conspiracy theory?

    At this rate, y'all will be given CB radios with which to contact me, instead of my phone number!!
    I was looking at my google maps history, it not only knew exactly where I went on holiday several years ago but what streets I walked down and when I was doing it. If you are worried about being tracked by your smartphone you are a bit late.

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Would it be too much to ask for the reporter to at least find out who made this app and who is running it.
    Is it the same friends of the friends of Dominic Cumming who were paid millions for the last "World Beating" app, that did absolutely zilch?

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    I don't even have a phone...... hows this going to work for me?

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by samuraiweasel View Post
    but how far do you take it then? wear a mask 24/7 in public so that CCTV cameras can't track you?
    People already do that, albeit so they don't catch the Covid rather than avoiding CCTV...

    Quote Originally Posted by samuraiweasel View Post
    Don't use a bank and stick to cash only?
    I was thinking bottle caps, myself...

    Quote Originally Posted by samuraiweasel View Post
    There's only so much you can do to avoid being tracked in today's world, and you're signed in to a site and have given them your location and IP sooooo.....
    Perhaps I was lying and I'm really in Ghana. IP can be VPN'ed...


    Quote Originally Posted by adidan View Post
    World beating.
    Yep, the world will have beaten us to it by the time we actually get this working...


    Quote Originally Posted by Dribble View Post
    If you are worried about being tracked by your smartphone you are a bit late.
    I has old smart phone and never have data/location enabled except on the rare occasions when actively using GoogleMaps.
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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubarb View Post
    I don't even have a phone...... hows this going to work for me?
    You'll have to a carry a notepad and pen, it will likely be more reliable.

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Don't you just love a good fail story xD

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    The framework for this was installed on phones, but it still requires an app atop it to make it work and send data. I do wonder how much battery this will chew through.

    As for friends of government, I suspect they got a pretty penny. They always do. It's why c...apita is such good friends with government.

    I doubt turning off bluetooth will stop the tracking. Turning on flight mode only stops Tx, not Rx and as a result, everything the phone receives from the outside world is recorded and then just sent along when you enable Tx again.

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    custom rom - problem fixed, for the paranoid ones

    others just will get tracked, boo hoo

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by aniilv View Post
    others just will get tracked, boo hoo
    That's just as, if not worse IMO, it's not so much the tracking of me that concerns me as when it comes to the most boring person awards I'm right up there.

    The issue i have with tracking people and peoples metadata in general is the potential it has for changing, dare i say even manipulating, society in general. I may not have much of a digital footprint but that doesn't really matter if TPTB make changes that still effect me based on the data they have on everyone else.

    For example: A lot of tech savvy people opt-out of Windows 10 telemetry as much as is possible so Microsoft collects information from a particular sub-set of users that shows feature X isn't being used much and they decide to remove feature X.

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    Re: Updated Covid-19 contact tracing app starts trials in England

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    How long before the app is mandatory, force-installed by every carrier on every phone?

    Jeez, so the whole world will be going round with every individual permanently connected and tracked, while they're gleefully scanning QR codes everywhere... and yet the idea of Covid being deliberately released for nefarious ends is somehow still decried as conspiracy theory?

    At this rate, y'all will be given CB radios with which to contact me, instead of my phone number!!
    Yet, people don't seem to mind carrying contactless payment cards around.


    Maybe I ought to develop, and patent, a cellphone sized Faraday cage and we'll all end up only getting our phone out to use it.

    Of course, then, it won't be able to receive in-bound calls so isn't much use as a phone. Dammit, back to the drawing board for v2.0.
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