Care19 was made available for download in early April through a partnership with North Dakota. Gov. Kristi Noem and other state officials have repeatedly asked citizens to download the app, which as of Friday afternoon had over 18,000 participants but had yet to help track the coronavirus in the state.
The app (if given permission) tracks the user’s location, and if they are later diagnosed with COVID-19, the app can help the state health department determine other people who may have been in contact with the infected person through the use of an anonymous code.
But according to a security review by Jumbo Privacy, that’s not true — the user location data, along with the anonymous code, is shared with Foursquare, a company that deals in location data for marketers and developers.
Jennifer Yu, a spokeswoman for Foursquare, also said in the article that the company does “not use the data in any way and it is promptly discarded.”
“We will be continuing to promote the Care19 app,” she said.
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