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July 2, 2021

Questionable Utility of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Seattle Times

“I have yet to see any convincing evidence that they’re worth it,” said Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor who has written critically about the apps for months and testified in front of a congressional committee last April, in an interview with Stateline.

“A lot of money, a lot of attention, a lot of oxygen has gone into developing this app. That time and money should have been put other places,” he said, such as testing and manual contact tracing.

Seattle Times

For further reading on COVID Contact Tracing Apps, please see:

Data Collection, First Amendment, Biobuttons
September 7, 2020, Mashable, The coronavirus could be here to stay. Your privacy may be another victim.

Apple Technology, Contact Tracing
September 10, 2020, Slate, App-Based Contact Tracing Has Been a Bust. Apple Wants to Try Something New.

App Issues, Logistics
November 25, 2020, Boston Globe, Mass. begins work on tracing apps, but will it matter?

Washington Exposure App, COVID Impact
December 1, 2020, GeekWire, COVID-19 exposure notification apps become more widespread — but will they make a difference?

COVID App Issues, Civic Duty
December 7, 2020, KIRO 7, WA Notify reaches 1.2 million users, privacy and tech expert weighs in

Exposure Tracking, Europe’s Policies
December 11, 2020, The Verge, CONTACT TRACING APPS PROMISED BIG AND DIDN’T DELIVER