Dutch government pauses coronavirus app over data leak fears
While Google must solve the problem, I can limit the consequences.
The Dutch app uses "exposure notification" technology developed by Google and Apple that generates random codes that can be exchanged by phones whose users are close to one another for long enough to possibly transmit the virus.
The health ministry says that it is possible for other apps on Android phones to access data about whether its user's had been infected and its contacts with other phones.
In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Google said it has been "rolling out a fix for an issue where random Bluetooth identifiers used by the Exposure Notification framework on Android were temporarily accessible to a limited number of pre-installed applications." The tech giant said that the rollout began several weeks ago and it expects the fix ''to be available to all Android users in the coming days." Google said that random Bluetooth identifiers "on their own have no practical value to bad actors, and it is extremely unlikely that developers of pre-installed apps were aware of the inadvertent availability of those identifiers." The company added that it has no indications that any data from coronavirus exposure apps was accessed inappropriately.
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