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Apple & Google are really close to completing their contact tracing apps

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With a number of technicalities; mishaps, and design problems already. On Monday, the companies confirmed that public health authorities are seeking even further assistance now designing both the interface and the actual design. Whilst the apps will proceed, the company have now laid out even further. regulations that must be followed by public health authorities in order for their platforms of any kind to be used.

According to Apple, the following regulations are now in place. The company revealed during a press call on Monday that location services will not be possible through their part of the app; targeted advertising is banned, and the technical piece of the app brought on by Apple may not be used for anything other than COVID-19 management. This essentially bars public health authorities from abusing access to the app or largely gathering identifiable information about users.

Following news that the two companies would be behind a large part of contact tracing efforts in the U.S, privacy advocates rightfully pounced on many concerns. Due to concerns of large-scale location tracking, both companies have confirmed that such won’t be possible. Instead, pings to mobile devices will happen by bluetooth at a distance of up to about 10 feet.

It remains unclear who is building the apps as a whole, although the interface and the design type stuff will be built by the companies. During Monday’s present call, both companies declined to say whether or not any governments or cities had actually stepped up to the plate. Both companies subsequently declined to comment on whether or not they themselves will fully build the app according to several published media reports.

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