Last month, China rolled out an app for people to test if they’ve been in ‘close contact’ with people apparent to the fast-spreading coronavirus. Yesterday, the New York Times appear that the app assigns a color code to users. While the code is arresting to folks using the app, it also shares that data with the police.

The system, powered by Alibaba’s accepted acquittal app Alipay, is in use in more than 200 cities. People can scan a QR code to get a green, yellow, or red tag. The green tag means you are advantageous and can roam around the city unrestricted, yellow means a seven-day quarantine, and red means a 14-day quarantine.

The NYT advised the code of the app and found that it sends a person’s location, city name, and an anecdotic code number to a server that allegedly belongs to authorities. The app shares this data to the server every time addition scans the code. This makes it easier for the authorities to track someone’s movements. While it’s common for tech companies in China to share the data with the government, this direct method sets a new precedent. 

There’s not much detail on how these codes are assigned. Speculatively, China is using its high-tech surveillance and ecology accomplishment to analyze people possibly afflicted by the virus.

According to a report from TechNode, several users acicular out that associates of the same family who have been in abreast calm got altered results. So, it’s hard to rely on the app completely.

As the bearings in China gets worse day-by-day, the Chinese government is putting in more effort to track people possibly afflicted by the COVID-19. In the antecedent days of the outbreak, safety masks fooled facial acceptance systems, which made it hard for the government to track people.

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