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By Jason Snell for Macworld

Apple’s most important role: Keeping privacy at the forefront

Last week, we learned that Apple and Google would be working together on a COVID-19 tracing project, likely a key requirement for the post-lockdown world to come. It was definitely the best news you’ll ever receive about the creation of a tool that can be used to monitor the personal interactions of billions of individuals.

Yes, mass surveillance is creepy and terrifying when it isn’t saving lives. That’s why I’m glad that Apple is stepping up and putting its energy into this project—because sometimes it feels like Apple is in a unique position to steer our world away from the most negative possible uses of technology and toward a more private and transparent future.

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