Google and Apple are set to release the next phase of COVID-19 tracing system

This system is designed to alert users about their exposure to infectious people even in the absence of a specific app

author_img IANS Published :  28th August 2020 07:32 PM   |   Published :   |  28th August 2020 07:32 PM
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Even as the world is still trying to cope with the novel coronavirus, Google and Apple are preparing to release the next phase of their Covid-19 exposure notification system.

This system is designed to alert users about their exposure to infectious people even in the absence of a specific app as per media reports.

The two tech giants joined hands to first launch the exposure notifications system in May to provide the technical foundation on which public health authorities around the globe can build apps for contact tracing.

The system does not collect or use the location from a user's device. It uses Bluetooth, which can be used to detect if two devices are near each other -- without revealing where the devices are.

All of the exposure notification matchings happens on the device. The system does not share your identity with other users, Apple, or Google.

But public health authorities may ask people for additional information, such as a phone number, to contact you with additional guidance.

According to a report in The Guardian on Thursday, the new version of the system is expected in the next two weeks.

With the release of the new version, users will be able to get notifications about exposure without needing to download an app at all, said the report.

*Edited from an IANS report
 

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