COVID Passport thread

budoslavic

Owl
Orthodox
Gold Member

COVID-Tracker App Installs Itself Without User Consent, Including on Parental-Locked Devices.​

Massachusetts state officials recently announced the launch of the “voluntary” MassNotify app, which monitors the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The only problem is the app appears to be installing itself on residents’ and their kids’ smartphones, unbeknownst to users, and without their consent.

The news creates a disturbing new dimension to privacy laws and even private property concerns as hundreds of users have reported their Android phones have had the app surreptitiously installed, without their prior knowledge.

“Thank you MA/Google for silently installing #MassNotify on my phone without consent. But I have a request: Can you also silently install an app that makes my phone explode and k*ll me?” wrote Twitter user Justin Jacobs. Others have taken to the Android app store to register their complaints.

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The MassNotify app was developed in cooperation with both Apple and Google, and claims to work anonymously and “not track” users’ private information. This claim was made by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, who said this week: “As we embrace our new normal, MassNotify is a voluntary, free tool to provide additional peace of mind to residents as they return to doing the things they love.”

The app notifies users who have been near a person that tested COVID positive, and the tracking is conducted using the Bluetooth. The app claims that the tracking will be “completely anonymous, with no location tracking or exchange of personal information”. Furthermore, it promises to not share any location data or personal information with Google, Apple, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or other users.

Now, nearly 300 users have reviewed the instrusive app on the Android app store, leaving it with a one star rating.

User Callie M wrote: “App automatically installed without consent. Weirdly it has no icon and I can’t find any way to open it and see if it could be useful. Bizarre that the state did something like this the very day the state of emergency ended, when over half of adults, myself included, are vaccinated. What info could possibly be necessary with this egregious level of invasiveness NOW? A year ago it would have made sense.”

The app is also managing to install itself despite parental restrictions, as illustrated by user Lex Neva:

“This installed silently on my daughter’s phone without consent or notification. She cannot have installed it herself since we use Family Link and we have to approve all app installs. I have no idea how they pulled this off, but it had to involve either Google, or Samsung, or both. Normal apps can’t just install themselves. I’m not sure what’s going on here, but this doesn’t count as “voluntary”. We need information, and we need it now, folks.”

Steven Nassor wrote: “Installed itself without consent, my rights have been violated and feel as if I’ve been spied upon.”


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The implementation process of the app clearly contradicts the notion of voluntary participation, as well as raising concerns as to what else might be installed remotely without users’ knowledge.

Many in the state had no idea the app had been pushed to their devices until they got a notification. The app also appears to be reinstalling itself once forcibly removed by users.

“Ghost installed without my permission, and keeps sending me push notifications. I removed it and it reinstall itself. This isn’t something I want in my phone, it’s not something that has permission to be on my phone nor should the commonwealth or any other place/company be allowed to put something on my phone without my permission,” said user Beth Silvaggio.

 

Mountaineer

Pelican
Gold Member
I almost can not believe it but Croatia lifted all travel restrictions from EU "green" countries. This means we (Hungary and also many other countries) can go to the beach without a vaxx card. There must be a catch somewhere.

The vaxxed will revolt that we get for free what they vaxxed themselves for :)
Can you drive from Hungary to Croatia without any test?
 

hkhathaj

Woodpecker
Can you drive from Hungary to Croatia without any test?
You only cross the Hungary-Croatia border. So in case Croatians let you in without a test then yes, you can. AFAIK this is the case.

I have heard that maybe on the way home we will get a 10 day quarantine at home order. I can accept that because I have a nice garden where I can sit those 10 days.
 

Easy_C

Peacock
The organization has been cucked for a long time, but some of the phones use custom distributions with fairly well locked down security.
 

Easy_C

Peacock
Dubai using a contact tracing app called Al Hosn. Unclear to me how much it’s needed for.

Is it odd that them doing it bothers me much less than the American government pushing for the same thing? I feel like the odds of them using it to target me for oppression, absent me trying to speak out against their government, are much smaller whereas the US might very well do something like arresting me for attending church.
 
If you get Prion Disease you’ll forget which country you come from anyway so the passport would be moot:


Wow, from your article:

Genetic diversity protects species from mass casualties caused by infectious agents. One individual may be killed by a virus while another may have no ill effects from the same virus. By placing the identical receptor, the spike protein, on cells of everyone in a population, the genetic diversity for at least one potential receptor disappears. Everyone in the population now becomes potentially susceptible to binding with the same infectious agent.

Makes me marvel at the level of intelligence of whoever designed this vaccine/virus. Truly insane to think of something like this, if it actually was given consideration and isn't a coincidence.
 

Mountaineer

Pelican
Gold Member
You only cross the Hungary-Croatia border. So in case Croatians let you in without a test then yes, you can. AFAIK this is the case.

I have heard that maybe on the way home we will get a 10 day quarantine at home order. I can accept that because I have a nice garden where I can sit those 10 days.
From Poland I would have to drive through Czech, Austria and Slovenia.
 
Dubai using a contact tracing app called Al Hosn. Unclear to me how much it’s needed for.

Is it odd that them doing it bothers me much less than the American government pushing for the same thing? I feel like the odds of them using it to target me for oppression, absent me trying to speak out against their government, are much smaller whereas the US might very well do something like arresting me for attending church.
Abu dhabi is strict with this, but i do not go there. Dubai is very chill. PM for more info.

If you can accept Islam and their way of life and know the major taboos, you will face very minimal issues of encountering problems. Dubai is very liberal as well, so problems are minimal. Not that I particularly fancy it, but they even sell more pork products than in my home country, (for non muslims of course). Shisha bars are also open, something which in Europe is still not the case.
 

hkhathaj

Woodpecker
From Poland I would have to drive through Czech, Austria and Slovenia.
I have no clue how that works for you. Maybe you can cross the borders as transit only.

I have read that for us to return to Hungary if there is a suspicion of infection then they can force a medical investigation that we have to allow. I don't know what this exactly means. But I am sure that I want to protect ourselves from PCR test because of the invasive nature of sampling. So maybe this will be a blocker issue for me. Though it is very unlikely that they will force test healthy looking people. The other risk is that they are able to force quarantine not at home but at a site provided by them. It is also very unlikely but in case they really want to piss off unvaxxed people then this is also a possibility.

I have heard one Hungarian official stating that it is possible to go to Croatia but it is harder to get home without a vax card. I have to look it up what exactly he said.
 
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