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Google and Apple team up to support coronavirus contact tracing

Mashable 10 Apr 2020 06:03
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As a pandemic sweeps the globe, charting the course of the coronavirus is vital public health work. On Friday, Google and Apple announced a combined effort to facilitate contact tracing — that is, the work of identifying who came in contact with an infected individual and was possibly exposed to the virus. 

As one might expect, the tech giants are taking a tech-focused approach. Their plan is twofold, and involves the introduction of a cross-platform API and a "Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform."

"Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design," reads the announcement.

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The rollout will take place over the next several months. The first step involves official apps that people can download via the App Store or Google Play store — depending on their mobile operating system. 

"Second, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms," continues the release. "This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities."

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