Skip to comments.How to Disable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications in iOS 13.5
Posted on 05/21/2020 3:11:30 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
Apple in iOS 13.5 is introducing an exposure notification API designed to allow apps created by public health authorities worldwide to notify people who come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 about their exposure to the virus.
Apple's Exposure Notification feature is privacy focused and shares no personally identifiable information or location data with the public health authorities creating the apps, but some users may want to opt out of the feature, which is enabled by default when upgrading to iOS 13.5.
Apple in the iOS 13.5 update added a toggle to disable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications for those who do not want to participate and do not want to be notified should they come into contact with someone who has COVID-19. Here's how to get to it:
Open the Settings app.
Scroll down and tap on Privacy.
Tap on Health.
Tap on COVID-19 Exposure Notifications.
Tap the toggle to turn the feature off.
The purpose of the exposure notification system is to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible by informing people who have been exposed so they can self-isolate and get recommendations from their local health authorities. Because it works by allowing two smartphones to interface with one another using random identifier beacons and Bluetooth, it works best when most people have it turned on.
Re-enabling Exposure Notifications can be done by following the steps above and tapping the toggle to turn the feature back on. If the toggle is green, it's on, and if the toggle is gray, it's off.
iOS 13.5 is available in a beta capacity at the current time, and there won't be apps that take advantage of Exposure Notifications until the update is released. Receiving Exposure Notifications also requires downloading an app from a public health organization that uses the API and agreeing to its terms and conditions. Simply having the toggle turned on won't do anything without the app.
Good to know. Thanks. Though I have a 6 and it doesn’t update anymore, but when it finally breaks, I’ll need it! LOL
The way I see it, if I’ve been to Walmart or grocery shopping in the last two months, I’ve been exposed to coronavirus at some point.
Don’t think they aren’t keeping a list of those who have turned it off.
You have no idea how much it pisses me off that I have to have COVID 19 nonsense on my phone. Im seriously thinking of getting rid of it and just having a burner phone.
I’m pretty sure that by taking my iPad with me when I go shopping, I’m probably giving out all kinds of information on my location.
I saw a video where a guy used people’s location data that they were posting themselves and tracking them down to ask questions about stuff they had themselves posted on twitter, Facebook, etc. He was trying to illustrate just how careless a lot of people are with their personal information. Some of them were really mad at him, yet he had only used the information that they had willingly publicized to find them. Others were surprised, because they really had no clue.
In short, if you want privacy, you have to think about all of your activities. The social media is obvious, but other activities like going into a store and allowing its app to find your location. (Actually, one local store always gets it wrong.) Many people broadcast a lot of information about themselves daily.
I dont have “Health” on my iPad Air (latest gen).
It is turned off by default, for now.
I have 13.5 on my phone but no Covid notification under health.
FYI Just updated. It’s OFF by default unless you have an app installed.
Covid-19 Exposure Logging
I am confused.
I don’t care if they notify me regarding Covid. I just don’t want to be TRACKED. How do I disable tracking? Is that possible? Just disabling notification doesn’t prevent me from being tracked, so my privacy is not protected just by disabling notifications.
Am I getting this right?
Covid-19 Exposure Logging (Turn off)
Then if you want to make sure it’s not tracking, turn of bluetooth and delete the Health app.
Yep,a Faraday bag is your friend.
“I dont care if they notify me regarding Covid.”
you might it the cops show up at your door without a warrant and order you and your family to “self-quarantine” for 14-days because they claim you were in contact with someone they were contact tracing ...
How is the infected person this app is to warn you about known to be infected? Is that persons phone somehow tagged with the information that he is currently dangerous?
And if so, how is that tag removed when he is no longer dangerous?
I just spent a considerable amount of time reviewing everything I could find from our immensely powerful CDC on this subject, starting here.
Within that link you will find
within that one many pdf documents with detail. Find this principles-contact-tracing-booklet.pdf for a pretty clear outline.
I believe my first two questions above are absolutely critical in this whole concept.
At the moment I believe the only thing accomplished so far is a dramatic (and unconstitutional) intrusion into our civil rights with this Contact Tracing sham.
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