LANSING, Mich. — A coalition that includes Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, sent a letter to management at Apple and Google asking the companies to guarantee that consumers’ personal information is protected when using any apps for contact tracing or notification of exposure to coronavirus.
Contact tracing is used to track persons who may have come into close contact with a personal confirmed with coronavirus. There has also been talk of developing apps that detect COVID-19 patients.
"Technology can provide valuable resources like digital contact tracing and enhance our understanding of this deadly virus, but that tool must be wielded appropriately so it does not infringe upon the privacy of our residents,” Nessel said in a release.
The letter also requests that the apps are connected to a public health authority and are removed from app stores when they are no longer needed.
The letter was signed by 38 attorneys general, including Nessel.