Apple and Google team up to ‘contact trace’ the Coronavirus
In this blog, I am going to discuss about Apple and Google team up to ‘contact trace’ the Coronavirus.Apple and Google, the makers of the two most pervasive smartphone operating systems on the planet, announced this afternoon that they are collaborating on contact-tracing tools to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple is the developer of iOS. Google is the company behind Android. The two operating systems power the vast majority of smartphones in use. They said they would embed a feature in iPhones and Android devices to enable users to track infected people they’d come close to.
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. Their work could prove to be significant in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Tech giants like Apple and Google team up for fight against the COVID19 will seems to be successful.
There are obvious privacy implications for developing technology that tracks not just geographic positioning but also the relative locations and relationships between specific individuals.
Apple and Google have stressed that “privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort.” To that end, the companies have already released technical specifications outlining how they plan to preserve privacy while aggregating data. Apple’s work building anti tracking feature directly into Safari, they’re probably the Big Tech companies trust most to work on a system like this.
Public-health authorities have said that improved tracking of infected people and their contacts could slow the pandemic, especially at the start of an outbreak, and such measures have been effective in places like south Korea that also conducted mass virus testing