Google and Apple roll out built-in COVID-19 exposure notifications

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Google and Apple have declared a new system that will enable public health authorities to use smartphones to assist in contact tracing without needing to build an app.

Both tech companies will then use the document to set up systems that call owners are able to opt in to in order to ascertain if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In the case of iPhones, a new variant of the iOS operating system premiered on Tuesday will alert consumers whether an vulnerability notification process is available from local health authorities and permit users to set this up without installing any new apps. On Android devices, users will also receive a prompt from the phone’s operating system, but will still need to download an automatically generated program.

Both companies said Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington DC, is going to be the initial US places to utilise the new system. The new platform also works together with tools that the two firms released in May that enable public health officials to build programs that enable iPhones and Android devices to utilise Bluetooth signals to detect proximity to a person that has tested positive.

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Six US states and roughly two dozen countries have started conservation notification programs based on the AppleGoogle technologies in recent weeks without major hitches.

The programs are increasingly harmonious with each other, allowing for cross-border tracking. A couple of authorities, such as Hawaii, are moving forward with different tracking technology.

On the other hand, the potency of vulnerability notification apps in assisting slow coronavirus spread remains a major question. Most governments are not monitoring detailed data on program usage from the interest of consumer privacy.

In Alabama, for example, over 1,000 students caught the virus in an outbreak in August. But a university representative said it was too early to tell whether a two-week-old state app had made any distinction.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Google and Apple roll out built-in COVID-19 exposure notifications‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis and Paresh Dave in San Francisco and Douglas Busvine in Berlin. Editing by Jonathan Oatis.

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