Apple's COVID-19 Screening Tool Now Lets You Anonymously Share Your Responses With Health Authorities

Apple has updated its COVID-19 screening tool with an option for users to anonymously share their responses with Apple, state public health agencies, and the CDC, including their age, symptoms, and more, as noted by TechCrunch.

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Apple says the information collected will be used to improve the tool and to better understand the spread of COVID-19. The company ensures that no personally identifiable information will be shared, such as your name or your phone number. Your information will also be aggregated with others' responses as an additional privacy measure.

Apple's commitment to privacy:

If you choose to share your responses, they will be provided to Apple in a way that does not personally identify you. Apple will then provide reports to the CDC and approved state public health agencies. Only information that has been both de-identified and aggregated will be provided to the CDC and state public health agencies. This means that no information that could identify you or your individual responses to the tool will be included. Information about the pre-existing conditions you select will also not be shared; only the total number of conditions that you select.

The CDC and approved state public health agencies may only use the information to improve the tool and for purposes related to managing the COVID‑19 pandemic. Further, the CDC and state public health agencies are required to comply with privacy and security protections, including not further disclosing the information and implementing appropriate safeguards.

Apple's screening tool allows users to answer a series of questions regarding risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms and receive CDC recommendations on next steps, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider.

The tool, available online and as an iPhone app, also offers access to COVID-19 resources to help people stay informed and get support. For example, there are answers to frequently asked questions about the virus.

The screening tool can be used by anyone who is 18 years of age or older in the United States. Apple says the tool does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities.

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Top Rated Comments

Pangalactic Avatar
52 months ago
Reminded me of the Onion sketch about the Google village:

"If you have any questions about the Google Village, just type them in an email to a friend, and Google will get back to you"
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nattK Avatar
52 months ago
If only they can include the contact tracing API into the app right now... What's the point of spending so much effort creating the API when almost no app in the US takes advantage of it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Donahue Avatar
52 months ago

Apple should provide a version of iOS that doesn’t even have the code for this dystopian BS
I refuse to update with this stuff in place. If it means never updating or buying another device. So be it.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
travelsheep Avatar
52 months ago
As you can see with the first screenshot: it looks so much better without notch!
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orthorim Avatar
52 months ago

Apple should provide a version of iOS that doesn’t even have the code for this dystopian BS
Glad we're finally in the majority here in the comments

Hey Tim Cook even the WHO admits now it was a hoax - well not in these words but they're suddenly like, ummm.... well actually nobody gets infected by asymtpmatic carriers.

Even the CDC now admits, that despite all the cheating possible and classifying car accident victims as covid on suspicion, the death rate amounts to 0.26%... the real, corrected, actual death rate for people dying of this virus without any co-morbidities or gunshot wounds will be another order of magnitude lower.

Everyone's getting out of it... please remove this crap. Oh and I'm on 13.4 forever or until it's removed.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calzon65 Avatar
52 months ago
Sure its "anonymous" until some smart person uncovers the stored information can be linked back to a person's identity. :confused:
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