New York attorney general writes to Apple Google: Wants to block unofficial new crown contact tracking app

New York’s attorney general wants Apple and Google to limit all apps of this type except the new Crown Virus Contact Tracker Tracking app developed by public health agencies,media reported. New York Attorney General Letitia James has written to Apple and Google expressing her continuing concernabout the number of unofficial new crown virus tracking apps, now available in both the App Store and Google Play.

New York attorney general writes to Apple Google: Wants to block unofficial new crown contact tracking app

In a letter to Katherine L. Adams, Apple’s senior vice president and general counsel, James welcomed the company’s efforts to address privacy and execution concerns. However, according to the minister’s letter, Apple has told her that some of the problems will not be imposed on app developers. Specifically:

How to verify the accuracy of the new coronapneumonia diagnosis used to trigger the exposure notification app.

Define specific parameters for the Exposure Notification event (developers will use a range of time and distance variables).

James wants to make sure that both the Exposure Notification app and the Contact Tracking app protect user information, and she asks Apple to take some “additional steps.”

She mainly wants Apple to only allow Apple-certified public health departments to offer such apps on the App Store. However, this is specific ally for applications that transmit personal health information, so James doesn’t plan to ban apps that provide other information, such as disclosure notifications.

In addition, James said Apple should “prohibit developers … from being able to do so.” Use your app’s data to identify users” and “use targeted ads or in-app sales.”

James is understood to have sent a letter to Google’s chief legal officer, Kent Walker, with almost identical content.