Apparently, the reason the NHS contact tracing app fell over on my fairphone was because some e users got very concerned about their ~privacy~ so the solution that e came up with was to silently kill the app I was relying on.

My best friend has cancer and I thought I would get exposure notifications which is slightly more life and death than privacy fantasies of fossbros.

They ~silently~ disabled the entire covid thing. I am so livid. This was supposed to be better than google, but in this case they've showed way less sense and responsibility

(I'm going to at the companies involved rather than subtoot them:
@Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation )

@Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

I would like to encourage #fairphone to reconsider their partnership with /e/ given this reckless and irresponsible action that literally puts the families and friends of /e/ users at physical risk.

@celesteh @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

at very least., there should be a safety warning on the privacy settings that makes it clear this is happening (similar to how if you disable traction/stability control in your car, a warning light is constantly shown on the dashboard)

@vfrmedia @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

While that would have certainly been better, I do not think it would have been appropriate or sufficient. People who don't want contact tracing apps can avoid installing them.

It is absurd and impossible to accommodate paranoid fantasies about contact tracing. If the state decides to legally compel people to install these apps, then users in those countries would also be legally required to install the OS module that makes them work and to enable it in settings. There is nothing gained by making it an optional install - aside from avoidable covid infections.

@celesteh @vfrmedia @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation Yuppp. I'm gobsmacked that an OS that's all about being de-Googled but "you can install Facebook from our App store if you want to, it's your choice!" can't apply the same principals to facilitating an app designed to literally save lives

@Shrigglepuss @vfrmedia @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

You /can/ install a module that allows track and trace apps to work. You can find out about this module by posting in a forum.

So the element of choice remains, but they very actively discourage track and trace apps by making this so difficult.


@celesteh @Shrigglepuss @Fairphone @FairphoneCommunity @efoundation

what I meant was mirroring functionality of existing road vehicles - there are options to turn off stability control and passenger airbag (both safety critical), modern cars default to these features being active every time the vehicle is used, they have to be explicity turned off and there is always a warning signal to show that this has been done (and its a UI that many people will be familiar with)

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