Google and Apple have launched a software amidst dreadful coronavirus. This will aid public health agencies make apps based on COVID-19 while safeguarding user privacy.
“Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we've built is not an app Â— rather public health agencies will incorporate the API into their own apps that people install,” the two companies said.
The two companies said that it is up to the choice users’ make, they can either opt-in to Exposure Notifications and the system does not collect or use location from the device.
They said, “If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to report that in the public health app. 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.”
Exposure Notification can boost the process and minimize the spread of COVID-19 by virus carriers “who are interacting with strangers” and “aren’t yet showing symptoms”.