From Australia to Norway, Contact Tracing Is Struggling to Meet Expectations

From Australia to Norway, Contact Tracing Is Struggling to Meet Expectations

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Researchers in Australia have identified a bug that caused that country’s contact tracing app to malfunction, it was announced Monday. 

Governments around the world have introduced contact tracing apps to track the spread of the coronavirus. But, as in Australia, so far it’s unclear how much of a benefit these systems are having. Critics complain about risks to privacy and centralization of sensitive data, and note that intrusive technologies rarely work as expected. 

COVIDSafe, Australia’s contact tracing app, was rolled out in April. But its latest version has not been working properly due to a bug, Richard Nelson, a software engineer,

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