There are number of data scientists working on applications to help track the spread of Covid-19. This is a good idea in theory, however we need to consider a few things.
First, everyone does not have a smartphone. Shocking as it may be, this is the truth. Those less likely to have a smartphone are lower income and already vulnerable to the ills of society.
Second, what exactly do we stand to gain from tracking? How accurate is phone tracking?
Finally, what are the implications for privacy? I am relatively tech savvy, but it is still unclear to me exactly how one’s location is known, but more importantly are these tracking features being used all the time? Which ‘terms and conditions’ did users opt into to enable this feature?
Now more than ever we should rely on fact based information, not just the things that are a shinny distraction.