Day: June 17, 2020

France’s Coronavirus Tracing App Hard to Link to Others, EU Official Says

A coronavirus contact tracing app being introduced in France may not be able to connect with others across the European Union because it stores data centrally, EU Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday.

The EU has been hoping that apps developed by member states to track infections will be able to link up when people move within the bloc, mapping the virus’s spread better and so creating more security for a revival of travel and tourism. Member states agreed technical standards for this on Tuesday.

But France’s approach, which allows central location tracking but has also raised privacy concerns, differs from that of Germany, Italy, and others, which log contacts by Bluetooth signal on individual smartphones only.

“It’s somewhat more tricky to develop the technical standards for interoperability between decentralised systems, as I think will be the general rule, and the centralised system that France has been aiming for,”

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How to set up Emergency Sharing on a Google Pixel device

Google Pixel devices have a very important feature for those who want to keep emergency contacts aware of their safety. Jack Wallen shows you how to use Emergency Sharing.

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During these turbulent times, you never know when something could happen to you, your loved ones, or your employees. They could fall ill or get caught up in social unrest. Regardless of the why, you should know the how of checking in with those who might be responsible for your well being or who simply might care that you’re safe.

Google has taken steps to include features in Android for this very purpose. One such feature, only available on the Google Pixel line of smartphones, is called Emergency Sharing, which allows you to set up emergency contacts and then share your real-time location with them. When you share that location, it will keep those contacts updated for 24 hours,

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