A recent survey revealed that about 7 in 10 Americans will refuse to use contact tracing apps. The data suggests Americans trust neither the government nor Big Tech companies developing these apps such as Apple and Google.
Contact tracing (tracking people who have come in contact with an infected person) is, according to governments and Big Tech, crucial to managing and eventually overcoming the coronavirus.
So why are Americans not keen on using contact tracing apps? Unsurprisingly, the answer to that question is privacy.
The survey, conducted on June 1, had 2,000 respondents living in the US. It was run by a polling company called Opinion Matters, which was hired by Avira, a cybersecurity firm.
The respondents were asked if they were willing to download a contact-tracing app. 71% said, “No.”
In April, a similar poll by the Washington Post found out that about half of the population would download such an app, which proves that people have significantly lost trust in Big Tech and the government in a very short time.
Data analysis of the recent survey revealed most of the opponents to a contact-tracing app are over the age of 55.