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Covid-19 monitoring apps add criticism and Bluetooth is emerging as key to quarantine disarticulation

One of the first reactions of States to the pandemic was to create monitoring apps, with unclear purposes and questionable effectiveness. The melting pot of platforms of all kinds and colors reopened the debate on privacy and personal data in the hands of States, private companies and OTTs.

The CuidAR app of the Argentine Ministry of Health was updated last April 30, to correct errors of the original version, and incorporates functions, such as the circulation permit. As of May 7, 1.5 million downloads have been registered in the platform "intended for the prevention and care of citizens against the pandemic", according to its express purpose.

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