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Apple, Google allow health authorities to send exposure notifications without a contact tracing app

Apple and Google will now allow public health authorities to implement digital COVID-19 exposure notification, without the need to develop or maintain a custom contact tracing app, the companies said in a joint press statement on Tuesday. This comes after the two had first joined forces to make an interoperable contact-tracing system based on Bluetooth technology to track the spread of the coronavirus. They had first launched an exposure notification API in May. The new update is called Exposure Notification Express, and to make use of it, public health authorities will have to give Apple and Google their name, logo, criteria for triggering an exposure notification and the materials to be presented to users in case of exposure; they will use then this information to offer a fully operational Exposure Notifications System. “As the next step in our work with public health authorities on Exposure Notifications, we are making it easier and faster for them to use the Exposure Notifications System without the need for them to build and maintain an app. Exposure Notifications Express provides another option for public health authorities to supplement their existing contact tracing operations with technology without compromising on the project’s core tenets of user privacy and security,” Apple and Google said in a joint statement. “Existing apps using the Exposure Notification API will be compatible with Exposure Notifications Express, and we are committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps.” The feature is already available to iPhone users with the latest iOS update, and Android users will get the update later this month. One thing to note is…

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