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Did Your iPhone Secretly Install a COVID-19 Tracker? How to Find Out… – New American

 

 

Does an Apple a day still keep the doctor away — or bring him (and Big Brother) knocking at your door?

 

Users are reporting that the latest update for iOS (the iPhone’s operating system) automatically installed coronavirus contact-tracing software onto their phones.

 

The change appears to have come with update iOS13.5 back in May and all subsequent updates.

 

https://twitter.com/aubrey_huff/status/1273970104875679745

 

The tracking option was installed discreetly on users’ phones without announcement. It can be toggled on and off by going to settings > privacy > health.

 

The option is titled “COVID-19 Exposure Logging” and features the following description:

 

When enabled, iPhone can exchange random IDs with other devices using Bluetooth. This enables an app to notify you if you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Exposure logging cannot access any data in, or add any data to, the Health app.

 

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