Apple and Google have announced on Wednesday (20) in order that the iOS is 13.5, and the Google Play Services for Android now feature a Notification API for the Exhibition, which will be used in the application to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus, the cause of COVID-19. The user can choose whether to participate or not, and a few simple precautions for privacy — for example, it is not possible to trace the location.
- How it works the technology is made by Apple and Google to monitor COVID-19
- The app is free for a pandemic of a new coronavirus [COVID-19]
In essence, the new API uses the method of screening for a contact (contact tracing), which allows you to determine if you’ve been around someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. He or she must authorize the disclosure of the anonymous for this information, you will be transferred via Bluetooth to nearby devices; respective user will receive a warning, but you will not know the identity of the person.
The API for the notification of the exhibition was to be included in the iOS, 13.5, to be released today for the iphone. It is also in the latest version of Google Play Services, and it is compatible with devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, or more.
On iOS, 13.5, you can see the new feature by going to Settings > Privacy > Health care > Record, for the exhibition of the COVID-19. It is disabled by default, as well as a lot of fans, and that requires an app to use the API in order to be able to be turned on.
The 22 countries that will use the API from Apple and Google
In a joint statement, Apple and Google to explain it: “what we have built is not an application; the public health agencies will incorporate the API into their own apps, which people are going to install.
To date, 22 countries in the five continents of the world have already applied for and been granted access to the API, the companies did not disclose which ones, but we all know that Germany is one of them. In addition to this, in the states of Alabama, South Carolina, and North Dakota in the united states are preparing for apps for the tech to notice for the exhibition. In the meantime, the United Kingdom, has warned that it will not use the API.
Apple and Google make it clear that this API is optional: if you want each user to decide whether to turn on this technology, a person is diagnosed with a COVID-19th may, or may not inform you of this within the app, created by the bureau of public health, and this app does not collect or use your location of the device. The two companies intend to shut down that system after the end of the pandemic.
With that information, such as: Google, Engadget.
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