Apple and Google may soon use tracking to alert you if you’ve been near a COVID-19 patient

by Daniel Payne · Apr 10th, 2020 3:12 pm

Last Updated Apr 10th, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Tech giants Apple and Google may soon enter into an unprecedented partnership to turn smartphones into coronavirus tracking devices in an effort to alert people if they have come into contact with an infected individual.

The two companies said phones will start utilizing bluetooth data to track users' locations. If a user comes down with the coronavirus, his or her movements over the last two weeks could be re-traced to determine who else may be infected with the disease.

The technology would resemble that utilized by the South Korean government, which used cell phone tracking to monitor localized outbreaks and contain anyone who may have been infected with the illness. That country has had significant success in keeping its coronavirus outbreak under control.


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