Your Smartphone Could Alert You If You Were Exposed To COVID-19

Apple and Google released new technology that will allow developers to create smartphone apps that can notify users if they were exposed to a person who has contracted the Covid-19 The two companies said in a joint statement that a number of states have been given access to the new tools, which will use Bluetooth to identify who you came in contact with.

To try and solve the privacy issues, the new technology will use encryption to hide the identity of users, and people will not be required to provide their personal details, including their phone number or location, or gender to use the apps.

“User adoption is key to success, and we believe that these strong privacy protections are also the best way to encourage use of these apps,” Apple and Google said in a general statement. “Each user gets to decide whether or not to opt-in to exposure notifications; the system does not collect or use location from the device; and if a person is diagnosed with Covid-19, it is up to them whether or not to report that in the public health app.”

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