contact tracing

Android Contact Tracing App Contained Serious Privacy Flaw

Android's contact tracing app reportedly contained a serious privacy flaw. According to a new report from The Markup, the Android version of Google and Apple's COVID-19 contact tracing app had a privacy flaw that let other preinstalled apps potentially see sensitive user data, including if someone had been in contact with a person who tested positive...

Alberta Blames Ottawa for Lack of Apple/Google Help for its Contact Tracing App

Last week, Alberta’s privacy commissioner deemed the province’s ABTraceTogether contact tracing app a security risk on iPhones. On Monday, the province’s premier, Jason Kenney, addressed the media with an update to the status of ABTraceTogether. Alberta said back in May it was working with Apple and Google to improve their app, which requires an iPhone...

Fake COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps Targeting Canadians

According to a report by the National Post, hackers are targeting Canadians using fake COVID-19 contact-tracing apps disguised as the official government of Canada software. Malicious computer ransomware is said to be embedded in these apps that allows the hackers to hijack the user’s data and holds it for ransom. According to computer security firm...

UK Government UK Rejects Apple and Google’s Coronavirus Contact-Tracing App API, Insists on British Control of Data

The UK will not adopt Apple and Google's model for contact-tracing apps, alarming privacy activists who fear the UK will launch an app that risks people's privacy and security. Apple and Google are set to launch their privacy-preserving contact tracing API for third-party app developers. But as one would expect, a couple of governments are deciding...