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.




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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