If you heard that the iOS 13.5 drop included an update for the API for Apple’s coronavirus contact-tracing tool, which it developed in collaboration with Google, you may have some questions!
The first thing to keep in mind is that this update does not actually include a tracking app for COVID-19. Some have mistakenly referred to this API as an app, or insinuated that it will track you without your knowledge. That is not true.
Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that the API is a tool available for agencies to use to create apps. He tweeted, “Technology can help health officials rapidly tell someone they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Today the Exposure Notification API we created with @Google is available to help public health agencies make their COVID-19 apps effective while protecting user privacy.”
The new tool uses Bluetooth radios in smartphones to make it possible for people who update their phones and test positive for COVID-19 to be able to share their Bluetooth signal. When government agencies use the API to create apps that citizens can download, and people opt-in by using an app, this will provide a path to help notify people who may have been exposed to the virus. Infected patients will be able to opt to share their information so smartphones of people who were exposed can be notified. The system will not be able to share the identities of people who may have exposed them or the exact location of the exposure.
The new API feature, which can be found by going to:
Settings > Privacy > Health > COVID-19 Exposure Logging
is off unless users install apps that public health officials provide. Downloading iOS 13.5 does not automatically allow your movements to be tracked or traced.
We hope this clarifies things! Be sure to be in touch if you have questions.
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