Authorities in 23 countries have expressed an interest in SARS-CoV-2 exposure tracking technology from Apple and Google after the two companies announced the release of the first version of the system on the 20th. May
However, in order to use the technology platform on Apple and Google, the authorities will have to stop requesting phone numbers from users, one of the restrictions that could discourage governments but according to the two technology companies then it is essential to ensure user privacy.
Apple and Google said a number of US states and 22 countries have expressed their desire to access their technology, but it is unclear how many of them will release mobile applications using the platform. .
Apple’s technology platform, Google, allows apps to track communications via Bluetooth, enabling authorities to identify, test and notify people if they have ever been exposed to someone with SARS- CoV-2, thereby preventing new disease outbreaks.
But some governments say that application-based efforts developed by the countries themselves will be more effective because they use the tracking mechanism (GPS) of a user’s mobile device to identify Hotspots spread viruses and notify about possible exposure via calls or messages, instead of generic push notifications.
Apple and Google have banned authorities from using their technology to collect GPS location data or require users to enter personal data.
Chester Wisniewski, a principal research scientist at cybersecurity firm Sophos, said there was a clash between technology, privacy and health experts.
Australia, Britain and other countries have sought to develop their own technology but are experiencing problems, draining device batteries and limited scope of application.