Apple And Google to Build a Smartphone-To Track the Tool COVID-19

Apple And Google to Build a Smartphone-To Track the Tool COVID-19

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Public health experts say, trace, the people infected with the coronavirus in contact, is a critical step in the loosening of social distancing restrictions.

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Updated at 6:25 PM ET

Tech giants Apple and Google, a system would a smartphone know users, if you have, come in contact with someone who COVID-19.

The technology would rely on the Bluetooth signals that smartphones can both send and receive. If a person tested positive for COVID-19, could you notify public health authorities through an app. The public health apps would then be alerted, all the smartphones came in the vicinity of the infected person, the the phone in 14 days.

The technology used iPhones could be on Google Android phones and Apple.

companies that you get smartphone user privacy. Smartphone users have to opt-in to. The software collects data about users’ physical locations, or your personally identifiable information. People who are tested positive would remain anonymous, both for the people who came in contact with them and on Apple and Google.

“privacy, transparency and consent are of the utmost importance in this endeavour,” the companies said in a joint statement.

The American Civil Liberties Union has warned that the use of mobile data in the response to the pandemic, carries risks of “invasion of privacy, abuse and stigma.”

In a statement Friday, ACLU surveillance and cybersecurity counsel, Jennifer Granick said, “there is No contact tracing, the app can be fully effective until it is widely used, free, and quick testing and fair access to health care. These systems can not be effective if the people do not trust them.”

she said that the common Apple-and Google-project “is to mitigate the worst privacy and centralisation risks, but there is still room for improvement.”

she added that the contact-tracing apps, to “voluntarily and in a decentralized way, and only for public health purposes and only for the duration of the pandemic.”

Google and Apple say that their technology is limited only by the health authorities to track the spread of COVID-19.

Public health officials say is a robust contact tracing to find people, which is in contact with an infected person — an essential step in the abolition of the protection-in-place restrictions. It would have been exposed to the people who are known, to isolate the virus or to isolate themselves, while others leave their normal activities to resume.

A team at mit has also identify a contact tracing system, which uses in a similar manner, the Bluetooth signals when people come near each other.

Apple and Google with the roll out of its contact-tracing technology in two steps. In mid-may, they will release software that will allow public health authorities to create apps that exchange data via Bluetooth.

In the coming months, they will update their operating systems so phones can exchange information without the use of an app to be installed.

note: Apple and Google are sponsors under the NPR.

posted on Fri, 10 Apr 2020 19:12:51 +0000

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