Google recently unveiled intentions to partner with Apple on a new coronavirus tracking system. However, citizens should proceed with caution before using it. Google’s do-good claims have previously proven to come with ulterior motives. This case is unlikely to be an exception as this new product could help them walk away with more user data to grow their ad business and market power.
In their plan, Google proposes to work with government health agencies to develop a Bluetooth-based system that can track distances between people. If someone is confirmed with the virus, users who have encountered them would be alerted. Despite a universal desire to fight the infection, the prospect of further deepening Google’s reach into our private lives is causing considerable unease.
Several criticisms have already emerged, with people questioning privacy protection, data advertising usage, and even the overall effectiveness the system could have. Some experts have speculated that businesses could use the technology to track the stores users go to, learning valuable information about shopping habits. Given Google’s history, such possibilities naturally raise questions about its endgame aspirations for developing this tracker.
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