Let’s talk about Apple-Google joint initiative for corona-virus API. Apple and google jointly created exposure notification system. let’s take a look into it.
As the COVID-19 outbreak disrupts the socio-economic order of the country, city administrations and the private sector are collaborating to maximise their efforts towards fighting the pandemicAkshay Tripathi, KSCL
Apple and Google jointly created the Exposure Notifications System out of a shared sense of responsibility to help governments and our global community fight this pandemic through contact tracing.
In April, rivals apple and google made an unprecedented move of joining hands to help governments in tracing contacts of Covid-19-positive people. On Sunday, the “COVID-19 exposure notifications” feature appeared on Android and Apple phones everywhere. But that means very little for those living in India.
Using this technique public authorities will be able to contact and give guidance to anyone who may have been exposed to a person who has contracted COVID 19.
Apple google contact tracing app
As of now it will not work in india. This feature works in that phones have downloaded applications that work with. In other words, this software is linked with the government’s own contact tracing application through an api. Api is a way in which two programs can speak to each other. It will have the same program installed in different phones.
As of now in india, arogya setu app is not linked with the apple and google’s api. The reason behind is the fact that the api does not allow location data to be retrieved, which arogya setu does.
How does it work in other countries
If two people meet for more than five minutes, their phones exchange an identifier via Bluetooth. If one of those people later tests positive and the data enters the government’s application, their contacts from the last 14 days are uploaded to the cloud. The person that the now-positive user had met will be matched as a previous contact and will be alerted with a notification on their phone.
How does technology works
Public authorities in the world are building apps to expose notification systems to help contact tracing efforts. When you download an app into your device, then it will create a random ID for your device. These ids are changed every 10 to 20 minutes. Your phone and other phones around you will work in the background and share the privacy preserving random Ids via bluetooth.
In this your device continuously checks random ids in the background associated with the positive covid 19 cases against its own list. If the positive case is found then the application will inform you through notification. This will save you and people around you.
Notification and privacy
- It is totally in your control whether you receive an exposure notification or not.
- Exposure notification system doesn’t track your location.
- Neither google ,apple or any other authority see your identity.
- Only public health authorities have permission to use this system.
In this the privacy of users not get disclosed at any point. So no need to worry about disclosing your identity. Overall this system is a really very good initiative by apple and google. All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems like covid 19.
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