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New Bluetooth-Based “Cue” COVID Test Unit May Transmit Results to Government Agencies for “Public Health Surveillance, Related Purposes”

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The new Bluetooth-enabled digital coronavirus test, known as “Cue,” has not been FDA cleared or approved; but has been authorized by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization, or EUA. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A new Bluetooth-enabled digital coronavirus test, known as “Cue,” is being touted as a fast and efficient way for individuals to test themselves for the virus on a regular basis, as experts are predicting that COVID-19 – despite the current lull in overall infections compared to this period of time last year – is most likely to be here to stay.

Advertising for Cue facetiously shows the device utilizing its Bluetooth connectivity to “communicate” with other smart devices in a person’s home, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Nest; eventually, a young boy who is awaiting his results is shown to be relieved when he tests negative for COVID.

Cue’s website notes that it produces “reliable, easy-to-use COVID-19 tests with PCR-quality results delivered right to your mobile device in 20 minutes. No lab visits. No lines. No second guessing your results.”

However, after Cue administers its molecular COVID-19 test, it will then transmit the results – positive or negative – directly to several state and federal government agencies for record-keeping purposes, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which many of the device’s users may not be aware of.


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The “Fact Sheet For Healthcare Professionals” that is included in the Cue’s packaging – which most people probably don’t bother to read – states that “The Cue Health Mobile Application (Cue Health App) automatically reports test results according to the reporting guidelines of the appropriate public health authorities.”

Healthcare_Professionals
https://cuehealth.com/documentation/home-otc/WS9100005-1_1.0_Fact_Sheet_Cue_COVID-19_OTC_Home_Use_-_Healthcare_Professionals.pdf

Likewise, Cue’s privacy policy notes that the unit will report a user’s personal information “to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other federal agency and/or state government agencies as required for public health surveillance and related purposes.”

Cue privacy policy
https://www.cuehealth.com/documentation/User_Agreements/Cue_Health_App_Privacy_Policy.pdf

But – being a fully-digital platform – Cue also possesses serious potential security vulnerabilities; in April, a researcher discovered one that could allow the recorded tests results to be altered prior to being transmitted; this issue has since been discovered and rectified, but additional problems with securing individual’s private medical records could nonetheless exist.


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