August 19, 2020 at 12:21 AM EDT
Apps designed to trace covid-19 wrestle amid privateness considerations
A world wave of experimentation in utilizing smartphones to fight the unfold of the novel coronavirus has stumbled over privateness considerations, safety glitches and sluggish program rollouts, leaving dozens of initiatives, together with in america, with little proof of success.
Some notably aggressive techniques — corresponding to alerts giving the places and different particulars of outbreaks in South Korea and the monitoring of government-ordered quarantines in Kuwait — could have helped sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus, public well being consultants say. However in addition they sparked criticism from privacy advocates.
By Craig Timberg, Steve Hendrix, Min Joo Kim and Fiona Weber-Steinhaus