>Google and Apple are perfectly happy to give governments the keys to the kingdom for installing whatever the fuck they wish on a device.
Is this new? They always acted whatever way a local government wants them to.
That being said, source?
Those companies always could install apps whenever unless measures are taken to remove the preinstalled shit from stock devices, so it should not be a surprise that it is potentially used for the COVID tracker business. And there are a lot of allegedly secure encrypted message apps that are glow in the dark honeypots, so even besides the PUP installation shit, problems are already existent about security. Just don't use modern phones, if one has to do shady work or so.