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RIP Bluetooth tracing: app function to be phased out

Henry Burrell
Tue, 15 Feb 2022

RIP Bluetooth tracing: app function to be phased out
Bluetooth tracing was added to the NZ covid tracer app in December 2020. (Image: BusinessDesk)
Henry Burrell
Tue, 15 Feb 2022
Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield says the Bluetooth tracing function in the NZ covid tracer app will soon be phased out.Bluetooth tracing was added to the app in December 2020 and works in the background on smartphones, using the near-field tech to ping other phones close by. “Bluetooth has the potential to speed up contact tracing by enabling people to be more quickly alerted if they have been nearby someone who has tested positive for covid-19,” the government said at the time.However, its usefulness is coming to...

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