FACT CHECK: Is Google automatically updating all Android devices with a tracing app? [#FactCheck #TracingApp #ContactTracing] 06/14

FACT CHECK: Is Google automatically updating all Android devices with a tracing app? [#FactCheck #TracingApp #ContactTracing] 06/14

New mobile contact tracing technology aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 has prompted claims on social media that Google automatically updated all Android devices with a tracing app.

Partly false

Apple and Google did recently add exposure notifications to devices under Settings, but the contact tracing technology only works if one has opted in and enabled the notifications.

Apple and Google have both stated that privacy is an essential part of the contact tracing technology and there is no evidence to support the claim that Android users are automatically being signed up for the exposure notifications.

Participation is completely voluntary.

Fact check: Google did not automatically sign up Android users for COVID-19 tracing app
USA TODAY

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