COVID-19 exposure notifications use Bluetooth technology and contact tracing from authorized public health apps.
These two tech systems have been working on new tracing tools for public health organizations.
Apple, Google begin to spread pro-privacy, batt-friendly coronavirus contact-tracing API for phone apps
Privacy remains a very important part of this new COVID contact tracing API. Users will get to decide whether they want to receive Exposure Notifications and whether, if diagnosed with COVID-19, whether they will report their health status to the app. When someone declares, via the app, that they've likely or certainly caught the COVID-19 bio-nasty, all phones that have been in the vicinity of that person's handheld will find out, alerting their owners that they may have been exposed to the virus. The Exposure Notification API does not track Global Positioning System or location data, and it only uses Bluetooth. This solution will provide interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and be a more robust solution than an API.
It could, however, be many weeks or months before this is integrated into the COVIDSafe app.More news: Pakistan Airlines flight with more than 100 passengers crashes near Karachi: spokesman
The Application Programming Interface (API) will enable apps created by public health agencies to work more accurately, reliably and effectively across both Android and iOS devices. It is created to ensure users explicitly enable exposure notifications and they can choose to turn it off or on anytime they want.
However, the updates themselves do nothing to aid the contact tracing efforts of our health officials or the current COVIDSafe app. At the present time it is if you've been within 1.5 metres of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer. A user who later becomes infected with the virus could use the application to automatically and anonymously notify their recent contacts.More news: Google’s Pixel 4a release date may be delayed yet again
Adoption of the new Google and Apple API ensures that the user experience for the app will be the best possible, without the need for complex restrictions in order to maintain continuous use of Bluetooth.More news: ViacomCBS to License John Krasinski Web Series
The statement from the firms also included comments from state officials in North Dakota, Alabama and SC which appear to signal plans to use the new tech. The UK data protection authority (UK ICO) concluded on April 17, 2020 that proposals for the contact tracing framework itself "appear aligned with the principles of data protection by design and by default", based on certain assumptions. These APIs are said to be improving the technology of the existing contact tracing applications. Or simply wait until positive testing results indicate a positive infection, and then look back at contact history to notify those in contact with the individuals? An Oxford University study found that for contact tracing programs to significantly slow the spread of disease, 60% of the population must participate (although, it said, even a 20% participation rate might yield useful insights).