Countries Are Already Onboarding The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Tech

Google and Apple announce their joint Exposure Notification API is live

Apple and Google contact tracing technology could be integrated into COVIDSafe app

While the latest Android and iOS 13.5 updates include support for the Exposure Notifications system, it won't actually do anything until the functionality is integrated with COVIDSafe. They often use Global Positioning System to track people's location, which Apple and Google are banning from their new tool because of privacy and accuracy concerns. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, commented: "We invite other states to join us in leveraging smartphone technologies to strengthen existing contact tracing efforts, which are critical to getting communities and economies back up and running".

Second, if the user receives a contact notification, the system will share the day contact was recorded, how long contact lasted, and the Bluetooth signal strength during that period. But there's a larger, more immediate issue. In addition, all metadata associated with Bluetooth is also encrypted which makes it even more hard to identify someone based on the transmitting power from a particular phone model. A Washington Post/University of Maryland survey found that three in five Americans probably wouldn't participate in a digital contract tracing program developed by large tech companies.

On one level, that's smart.

Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey announced more plans for reopening the state and announced a partnership with Google and Apple to make an app to help trace coronavirus in Alabama. This means a device with a contact tracing app from Singapore will be able to interact with other devices with Malaysia's contact tracing app installed if both are using the same API.

Apart from this, the app could also be tricked into allowing access to internal files on the user's phone.

If the Indian government shifts away from collecting data via its app, and relies on Apple and Google's Exposure Notification system, it could address the concerns raised by privacy activists. Company representatives discussing the release of the Apple-Google exposure notification technology to public health authorities said they remained in conversation with Britain's health service as it evaluated several different approaches. Education, it turns out, is a big component of this-and it may be just as important as the technology.

"The release of these APIs [application programming interfaces] along with the operating-system updates will be a watershed moment for the development and adoption of proximity-tracing apps", said Marcel Salathé, an epidemiologist at the Swiss research institute EPFL. "Large proportions of the population are convinced that either "Big Tech" or "Big Government" is out to steal their data or spy on them".

The first is that any app based on it must be voluntary, not gather geolocation data and not be used for commercial purposes.

Wolff added: "The truth about Google and Apple is they have so much information about us already".

"One new element of contact tracing is Exposure Notifications: using privacy-preserving digital technology to tell someone they may have been exposed to the virus". The aim is to alert users who may have been exposed to the coronavirus via a notification.

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