Apple, Google team up on ‘contact tracing’ software to combat spread of COVID-19


Click to see where this can lead – with consent

Starting in May, both companies will release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities to track the spread of COVID-19. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores.

Apple and Google will work over time to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform. Both companies will incorporate the functionality in Android and iOS as a whole, which allows more individuals to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. Apple says that the deeper integration will arrive “in the coming months.”

Easier to understand when you RTFA. If folks consent to be identified, they can be. If not, you will still be notified if you’ve been in contact, nearby or whatever with someone who has tested positive in the past 14 days. You go and get yourself tested for your own good.

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