Are you prepared to give up some of your privacy to help track the course of the pandemic?…:
[…] Working on the project are former Google and Microsoft employees as well as WHO advisors and ambassadors, according to 9to5Google. The organization is set to release the WHO MyHealth app on March 30th, although the code is already available as the app is open source. 9to5Google looked at the current version of the app, as seen in the screenshots below:
The app will relay the same information the WHO offers on its official WhatsApp bot, including helpful tips on what to do if you think you may be infected with the new coronavirus.
A future version of the app might prove to be even more helpful, as it could offer real-time alerts based on your location. In the future, the app could be used to track confirmed cases and access their location history in an attempt to perform contact tracing. The information could be used to better understand how the virus has traveled inside a community, at the cost of privacy:
Leveraging existing technology like Google Maps, allows users to indicate whether they have been diagnosed or have come into contact with COVID-19 patients. In addition, request permission to track historic location data on their device.
That’s only a proposal, however. The app won’t track you unless you explicitly let it do so, provided the first version has any built-in tracking abilities. But future releases could help the WHO react better to other pandemics. The primary purpose of the app is to provide the immediate assistance you might need, including quick answers to help you self-diagnose your condition.