We noticed from the past few days, most of the social media platforms are bombarded with doubts and complaints from users that Google and Apple secretly installed COVID-19 tracking app into their smartphones without permission. For curiosity, I checked in my Android phone Google Settings where I surprisingly found “COVID-19 exposure notifications.”
What is “COVID-19 Exposure Notification” or “COVID-19 Tracker App”?
Recently Apple rolled out the feature as part of its iOS 13.5 FTA update for the iPhone users. You can check this in your iPhone Settings > Privacy > Health under COVID-19 Exposure Logging. They have mentioned that an authorized app is required to turn the feature on. You can check the more details on Apple’s website here.
Similarly, Google also rolled out this feature as part of an update to the Google app pushed via the Google Play Store. For Android, go Settings > Google and click on COVID-19 exposure notifications. You check the further details on Google’s Android Help Center page here.
The conclusion of the article is no one has installed anything in your device, and no one is tracking you using this feature.