Android and Apple are secretly downloading COVID 19 Software onto mobiles


Users across the US and UK are left puzzled as a coronavirus tracking software has landed on their phones without their knowledge or any kind of prior notification. And the fact is that its been noticed on phones which do not have any government recommended COVID 19 Tracking software loaded on to them.


All of sudden, a function dubbed as ‘COVID 19 Exposure Logging’ is being observed in the settings section of both iPhone and Android devices. And security experts discovered that these applications were developed by the tech giants to run in tandem with the govt backed novel COVID 19 tracking software- all to alert users as soon as they come in contact with the infected patients.


For Android users, the function can be found in the section of the Android settings, and on iPhone, the function is seen in the ‘Privacy- Health’ section. 


What’s concerning, is that some people, from Germany who are using a government-recommended virus tracking app, complain that their phones have turned into battery guzzling monsters, as soon as the new ‘COVID-19 exposure feature’ started to show in their device settings from mid-May 2020 via a software update.


Note 1- It is a known fact that Google and Apple Inc have already made it official that they are working on a project to create their version of virus tracking software. So, the latest software update might be a stepping to harness an in-built Bluetooth based technology-driven Coronavirus tracking app onto the mobile devices shortly. 


Note 2- Thus, some say that the software update might be a step towards ending the lockdown by monitoring every individual across the UK and USA. But others are concerned about the leak of sensitive details such as location data to private companies in the name of virus tracking software.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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