https://www.technocracy.news/apple-ios-13-5-upgrade-includes-contact-tracing-api/ Apple iOS 13.5 Upgrade Includes Contact Tracing API | May 22, 2020 By Patrick Wood. Also posted at https://www.activistpost.com/2020/05/apple-ios-13-5-upgrade-includes-contact-tracing-api.html
(Those are two good websites for COVID-19 / Coronavirus coverage.)
The above article explains the problems with upgrading despite the app appearing to be optional.
More details: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/05/covid-19-contact-tracing-hits-apple-devices-with-ios-and-ipados-13-5/
COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5 | May 20, 2020
iOS 13.5 speeds up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities
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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/04/apple-and-google-detail-bold-and-ambitious-plan-to-track-covid-19-at-scale/ Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19 at scale | April 11, 2020
. . . Apple and Google are developing a smartphone platform that tries to track the spread of the novel coronavirus at scale and at the same time preserve the privacy of iOS and Android users who opt in to it.
Notice the hypocrisy: “tries to . . . ” “preserve the privacy.”
The cross-platform system will use the proximity capabilities built into Bluetooth Low Energy transmissions to track the physical contacts of participating phone users. If a user later tests positive [many false positives] for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, she can choose to enter the result into a health department-approved app. The app will then contact all other participating phone users who have recently come within six or so feet of her.
She “can choose” to snitch on her family members and friends. And the magical “six or so feet” distance. What complete garbage has been thrown at us for week after endless week to justify these disgusting totatlitarian lockdown and isolation measures!!
It’s spying, it’s surveillance. It’s totalitarian. It’s betraying your contacts, your family members and friends. It’s not going to stop with this virus excuse. Don’t participate in this. Nobody ever tested the whole population for a virus or antibodies–the tests are completely unreliable. If someone is sick or isn’t sick, it’s a matter of following a doctor’s advice. The numbers have been hyped. The economy has been destroyed. Just going by tests that are very flawed is ridiculous. It’s just an excuse for introducing totalitarian measures. This is totally consistent with the agenda of stripping people of human rights, civil liberties and dignity.
Personal strategies to resist contact tracing and WHY you should not participate: http://canadianliberty.com/suggested-strategy-to-resist-contact-tracing-in-canada-us-uk-and-other-nations/