Apple And Google Are Teaming Up To Track The Spread Of The Coronavirus
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Tech giants Apple and Google announced on Friday that they would partner on the development of software and an operating system update to help with contact tracing efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
The partnership will be rolled out in two stages, according to the announcement. First, the companies will release application programming interfaces (APIs) compatible with both the iOS and Android operating systems that would allow public health authorities to create apps that would alert people if they’ve come in contact with someone who’d contracted COVID-19.
These apps will use Bluetooth instead of geolocation to help protect user privacy, and the companies say they will not gather personal identifying information. Once downloaded, the apps will scan for other users in close proximity and remember that encounter. If a user of the app reports being sick with the coronavirus, anyone who has come into contact …continued .