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    Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

    07/29/2020

    Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change. Read about Prof. Dr. Dmitrienko's take in this scenario.

    The Android location requirement underscores a troubling power imbalance between governments and two tech giants that dominate the mobile market.

    Prof. Dr. Dmitrienko, a software security expert, said the solution was for governments to push Google to stop requiring Android users of the virus alert apps to turn on location.

    "They have sufficient power, and they could put pressure even on such giants as Google and Apple to do something about it", she said.

    Read the rest of the article on www.nytimes.com here.

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