On Tuesday, the French government accused Apple of undermining its efforts with its contact search application “StopCovid”.
Apple iPhones normally block access to Bluetooth unless the user is actively running an application. French officials want Apple to change the settings to allow their app to access Bluetooth in the background, so it’s always on. So far, they say, Apple has refused.
O, the French minister, said he could not explain the reasoning behind Apple’s decision on Bluetooth. “We believe that surveillance of the healthcare system, the fight against the coronavirus, is the responsibility of governments and not necessarily of large American companies,” he said.
As we pointed out in our Daily Observations podcast, most people will not care about the privacy aspects of these apps. But they will care about the battery life, and apps like these that constantly use Bluetooth in the background will undoubtedly be a factor, Bluetooth Low Energy or not.
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