Is COVID-19 breaching our online privacy? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Is COVID-19 breaching our online privacy?

Have you ever heard of a saying, "one should never waste a good crisis"? Well, that's exactly what giant tech corporations are doing right now. If you haven't heard already, Google and Apple are supposedly working together to fight and the COVID-19 pandemic.

But is there an ulterior motive behind it?

Based on intuition and all the news I've been consuming lately from credible sources, I think that Google, Apple, and other tech companies are simply building a privacy violation coronavirus tracking app.

Even though it's easy to think that Google and Apple are partnering up for the betterment of humanity, experts speculate that this uncanny partnership might be hiding something dark. After all, who knows what Apple and Google will do with all the personal information that they've collected about us.

According to Wired, there is a concern that the so-called COVID-19 tracking apps that Apple and Google are working on will later be used for advertising.

People are Rebelling

COVID-19 Contact Tracing has always been a controversial right from the start. Most people have always been skeptical about giant tech corporations harvesting their data. However, ever since the Google-Apple partnership broke the news, people are questioning their data-harvesting practices.

It also leaves me thinking, is there anything sister going on?

After all, tech companies don't just want to collect data about you and then leave it on your phone totally isolated. They want to harvest every ounce of it. Essentially, all tech companies want to do now is turn your phone into a mass surveillance device and get away with stealing your data.

And the worst part is, Apple and Google are not allowing third party data collection apps that are much safer on their app stores. Considering that, independent apps like COVID-Safe and UseCrypt that don't want to store your personal data on centralized servers are having a tough time breaking the noise in the market.

Tech Giants X Governments X Pharmaceutical Giants

It no surprise that 2020 hasn't been the best year for anyone. In fact, it can be labeled as the year of digital surveillance. With more and more privacy concerns arising every day, people are desperately trying to go anonymous online.

Part of the reason why we're seeing such a massive boom in the virtual private network industry. Nowadays, to make personal cybersecurity widely accessible to the general public, VPN providers are cutting down their prices. In fact, if you jump online, you should have no trouble finding good VPN deals for a limited time.

All in all, COVID-19 has totally disrupted our lives. Governments, technology giants, and pharmaceutical companies are trying to exploit the masses as much as they can. And the worst part is, there's not much that we can do.

We live in a weird world nowadays. Nobody knows who they should trust. Even though COVID-19 contact tracing might seem like the need of the hour, it may also be the very source that violates our privacy rights.

Just think about it...

The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.

-Bertolt Brecht