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Google and Apple are co-operating in a key component of covid-19

Apple and Google team up to contact trace Covid-19

Apple and Google are co-operating in a key component of covid-19 mitigation.
Their contact-tracing method would work by using a smartphone’s Bluetooth signals to determine to whom the owner had recently been in proximity for long enough to have established contagion a risk.
If one of those people later tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, a warning would be sent to the original handset owner.

No doubt the privacy brigade will have issues but this approach makes great sense to me.

It does leave the question of what you are to do when you get the warning. Ideally there will be some co-ordination with the contact tracing team whereby they could track the results.

Written by Colin Henderson

April 11, 2020 at 09:29

Posted in Uncategorized

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