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Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification API: What it is and how it works in iOS 13.5

May 26, 2020

From the MacWorld website

The result is an API for both Android phones and iPhones that will allow state health agencies to produce apps to notify the public about possible COVID-19 exposure.

In the release notes for iOS 13.5, you may have noticed a somewhat ominous message. Apple says that the update, “introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.” 

That sounds an awful lot like it’s going to allow the government to track you and invade your privacy! Fortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Contact tracing and exposure notification are important tools to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and enable the easing of lockdown restrictions, but only if they are widespread. 

To that end, Apple and Google got together back in April to develop technology that would notify you if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 without compromising your identity, location, or personal information. 

This is a brief overview of what it is and how it works.

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