I’m happy with my new FP3 with /e/!
However, the chance of using benefits of the Corona App would be appreciated.
Is there I side way to get it running?
I guess ungoogled Huawei Smartphones have the same problem. Installation of the App is no problem, but then it asks for Google Services…
Since this is already off topic… @harvey186 are you willing to give up your life for not being traced? I know you think this tracing does not work, but what if it does? This virus is very nasty, and not all details are known yet, my motto is “better be safe than sorry”. HIV is also a virus still no vaccine after 40 years…
An example, let’s say someone goes to work. He/she will be in one room with other colleagues, so risk is high. One came into contact with someone that has COVID. you could be warned and quarantined and stop spreading the virus (you may not have it, but to be sure). I’m not a fan of tracking/ tracing but I definitely see the usage of this.
I know how the app is / should work. And for me, it makes no sense for using it and lost privacy.
And what I’m always say is: This is only the first step. Your government has the first foot in your door and next will come. Once more: Look over the big see what happens in US in the hood of patriot act. Look to china, look to Russia.
Both points are valid. The corona tracing app could be very useful as a means of fighting corona. And it can be done in a transparent way, e.g. the German version is decentralized and open source.
However, this kind of detailed tracing of exactly who meets whom, 100% of the time, is exactly what a repressive regime would implement to control people.
Therefore I agree that this technology should better not be on a privacy-focussed OS like /e/ in the first place.
It’s a dilemma, but maybe there is a solution: the tracing technology doesn’t have to be on our main phones. For the limited time period in which you might want to take part in covid tracing, it would be only a minor inconvenience to also carry another cheap (second hand) Android smartphone in our pockets whose sole purpose is running the covid app and that is not used for anything else.
Of course it all remains an individual decision and nobody should ever be forced to carry a tracer.
For the German tracing app, there is a fork under development which aims to reimplement the proprietary Exposure Notifaction API while being fully compatible with the original app. https://github.com/CoraLibre
No, it’s not spying on anyone. If you don’t believe this, go check its source code. The app doesn’t store your location or any personal data. Moreover, in case you’re infected, you decide yourself if you want to share this information with the app. Stop spreading conspiracy theories!
All : This subject has potential to get into politically sensitive areas. Please be sensitive to the ideas and thoughts of other users. Some posts were flagged by multiple users and have been removed.
While governments will try to enforce such citizen - tracking apps in the guise of protecting public health we at /e/ have certain goals which require us to steer clear from such applications.
As mentioned earlier in this thread /e/ will not be implementing any such user tracking framework or app as a default system app or library in the build.