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Apple, Google Revise Coronavirus Contact Tracing Tech Ahead Of Its Launch Next Month

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, Apple (AAPL) and Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOG) have updated technical details of the coronavirus contact tracing system set to release next month. The updated features to strengthen privacy and will provide health authorities with more detailed data. The apps to use Bluetooth technology to alert people who have been in proximity to those individuals who have tested positive with the Coronavirus.

‘Exposure time,” or how long two phones have been near each other to be set at 5-minute intervals, to prevent using detailed time data to match up phones to people. The technology does not include GPS location data and stores data in a decentralized way on users’ phones.

The technology giants will assist with data about Bluetooth power levels to better understand how close two phones came in touch and for how long, allowing authorities set thresholds to alert people, as Bluetooth signals can seep in some walls and can be detected even when short and faint creating false alerts. Reportedly, the companies also will provide data on how many days have passed since an individual came in the last contact with an infected person, allowing authorities to notify users with necessary precautions.

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(Read Original Story: Apple, Google update coronavirus contact tracing tech ahead of launch in Reuters)


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