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# 16034 4 months ago on Tue, Mar 17 2020 at 5:14 pm

How about this?!

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Um... so, yeah.

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# 16037 4 months ago on Sat, Mar 21 2020 at 3:37 pm

Big brother-ish but the data used in aggregate can be really useful. Just think of how Google Maps lets you see what the traffic is like... that's from tracking everyone's phone.

I think we're ultimately going to have to assume every person is a potential carrier, sadly.

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# 16042 2 months ago on Mon, May 11 2020 at 8:54 pm

There's been more about this recently in the news too. It's voluntary as far as I know but I guess that could change.?

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# 16048 1 month ago on Tue, Jun 9 2020 at 1:26 pm

It seems like a nice idea on the surface but I could see this kind of thing being too tempting to abuse. Look at how China's government uses these kinds of apps and the whole "social credit score" thing.

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# 16050 5 days ago on Sat, Jul 4 2020 at 10:17 pm

On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 at 6:26 pm, Wolfwood29 said:

It seems like a nice idea on the surface but I could see this kind of thing being too tempting to abuse. Look at how China's government uses these kinds of apps and the whole "social credit score" thing.

Doubt it will go that far. I haven't heard *anything* about it being made mandatory. Mask wearing, yes, but not tracking.

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