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Apple and Alphabet's Google on Monday said they would ban the use of GPS location data in a system for contact tracing apps that the two are developing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, as reported This is Money.
Developers of coronavirus-related apps in several US have said that it was essential that they be allowed to use GPS in conjunction with the new contact tracing system in order to track how outbreaks move and identify hotspots.
According to the news source, Apple and Google's decision will require public health authorities who want to use GPS to rely on unstable workarounds to detect encounters using Bluetooth sensors.
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