States’ contact-tracing app sent data to third parties

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2020

The developer of Care19, Tim Brookins, has also added on his remarks regarding the issue since he is responsible for creating the popular app itself.

A contact tracking application powered by the governors of North and South Dakota as a tool to track exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing the user's location and identifying information with third-party companies, according to a technological privacy report. company.

Specifically, Care19 gave people who downloaded the app a random ID number that the app would help "anonymously cache the individual's locations throughout the day", North Dakota said when it launched.

The Care19 app, developed by North Dakota company ProudCrowd, was one of the first contact tracing apps endorsed by state governments in response to the coronavirus. "We hope that these findings will help the health agencies that are now working on similar apps to make sure privacy is respected".

Foursquare told the Independent that the company did not "use the data in anyway, and it was promptly discarded". "It will not be shared with anyone including government entities or third parties unless you consent or ProudCrowd is compelled under federal regulations".

"We could have done a better job of updating the specificity in the privacy policy of how data was coming one way from Foursquare from the app", said Burgum. We were able to validate that the app, indeed, uses an anonymous code (in the format of US-84825167-5 or something similar).

Foursquare also reached out to the Washington Post regarding the colossal screw up that even though they do receive location data from Care19, they don't memorize nor monetize it. CARE19 is probably the most secure thing you can have on your phone.

The company behind the app, ProudCrowd, has updated the privacy policy to indicate those companies have access to the data.

A revised statement says that third parties "may have temporary access to aspects of their data for their specific data processing tasks". When there is a software that allows you to tag your location, or interaction with other people, as well as share data regarding said interaction, you will run the risk of that data ending up in the wrong hands.

"If you're using Facebook, or Google Maps, or Twitter, or any of the other 50 apps on your phone - they all have way more access to your information, and that's why you get targeted ads".

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