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23 countries seek access to Apple and Google’s contact tracing technology

(Reuters) — Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Alphabet’s Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system. But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules, one of several restrictions that […]

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COVID-19 contact tracing hits Apple devices with iOS and iPadOS 13.5

Enlarge / The iPhone 11. Samuel Axon Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 for iPhones, iPods, and iPads today. They went live alongside minor software updates for Apple TV and HomePod devices. The iOS update mainly adds new health-related features—most notably the much-discussed Exposure Notification API that was co-developed with Google to help local, regional, […]

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European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

(Reuters) — A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions. Scientists and researchers from more than 25 countries published an open letter on Monday urging governments not to abuse such […]

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ProBeat: Apple and Google’s contact detection API will fail, but they should build it anyway

Apple and Google shocked the world last Friday with their COVID-19 announcement to collaborate on an opt-in Bluetooth-based proximity contact detection API for iOS and Android. Contact tracing is the identification and follow-up of people who may have come into contact with an infected person. We’ve been learning more about the API this week, including […]

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Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus

Apple and Google are hoping to harness Bluetooth, a technology typically used to connect device owners’ wireless speakers and keyboards. With the aid of the technology, public health officials soon would be able to deploy apps with the ability to sense other smartphones nearby. If a person learns they have the coronavirus, they could indicate […]