Health officials think Apple and Google virus-tracking apps will be useless
Apple and Google’s last month announced of a joint effort to track the coronavirus. But as the tech giants have revealed more details, officials now say the software will be of little use.
The tension over virus-tracking apps reflects a major power imbalance between the tech giants and state and local health officials, who argue that Apple and Google’s technical decisions have undermined their response to a global health emergency. It also highlights the tech giants’ ability to exert unfettered control over how billions of smartphones work.