Sep 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Apple iPhones can contact-trace without Covid app

Apple has begun letting its iPhones carry out contact-tracing without the need for users to download an official Covid-19 app. To date, more than 20 countries, provinces and other geographical regions have released apps based on Apple and Google's contact-tracing framework. England's NHS Test and Trace service is currently trialling an app based on the tech giants' API too. "Exposure Notifications Express provides another option for 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. People who can't be bothered to install apps - or perhaps don't trust them - may be more inclined to simply switch on the system in their settings.

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