Apple And Google Announced The Creating Of A Covid-19 Detecting App.


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Apple Inc and Google addressed questions about their upcoming project (Covid-19 smartphone contact tracing solution) on Monday, providing details about a partnership that has raised concerns among some privacy and cybersecurity experts.

The companies therefore said the tool will require users to verify posible diagnosis before putting that information into the system. Test results will be checked by the public health agencies that are making/building mobile apps that will work with the contact-tracing technology, Apple and Google added to their word. They also uphold the privacy of the system, reiterating that users’ names and locations would not be shared or stored in the app.

The partnership was announced on Friday where the techarantine or isolate themselves after contact with an infected individual. Since then, some experts have said the system may be spoofable because people may be entering false test results.

On Monday, the companies also said that the system is capable of recording the contact between people when smartphone users are within a couple of feet of each other for up to 10 minutes. The companies noted that the Bluetooth wireless technology can detect or sense devices from up to 15 feet away.

Apple and Google are upgrading the technology in their iOS and Android operating systems in two steps. In the mid-May, they plan to add the ability and capacity for iPhones and Android phones to wirelessly exchange anonymous information via the apps run by public health authorities. In coming months, they will then integrate the technology directly into their operating systems in order to reach more people.

One of the Google representative said on Monday that the tools would be added to Android via a download in the Google Play store. Apple will then have to offer it via an iOS software update. Apple said that the aim is to make it compatible with as many iPhones as possible, including older models.
The functionality will only be available to public health apps said by the companies. This simply means that the other developers won’t be able to make a mobile game using the data. It also means that the users will have to download an official app to input the test results. Still, phase two of the project will therefore send alerts to potentially billions of iOS and Android users without the need of downloading the app.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text, only the headline has been changed.

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