Apparently, the reason the NHS contact tracing app fell over on my fairphone was because some e users got very concerned about their ~privacy~ so the solution that e came up with was to silently kill the app I was relying on.

My best friend has cancer and I thought I would get exposure notifications which is slightly more life and death than privacy fantasies of fossbros.

They ~silently~ disabled the entire covid thing. I am so livid. This was supposed to be better than google, but in this case they've showed way less sense and responsibility

(I'm going to at the companies involved rather than subtoot them:
@Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation )

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@celesteh @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

I can understand, given their mandate, that they chose to remove the tracking backend, but it's absolutely negligent that they failed to sufficiently inform their users.

Removing a health safety feature without making it very clear that you've done so is obviously a terrible idea.

@jeffalyanak @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

People who don't want contact tracing apps could just not install them. Anything that requires extra steps to enable them is an active discouragement of their use - and will cause some people to die.

@celesteh @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation I understand that there are security concerns regarding the underlying code which may be exploited by apps other than contact tracing apps.

I'm not against the removal of the code given that some people using the OS require a higher degree of defense against tracking, but since its removal broke support for contact tracing, it should have been explicitly clear to the user.

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