More Countries Implement Apple/Google API in Contact Tracing Apps, Including Germany, Poland, and Saudi Arabia

Germany, Poland, and Saudi Arabia are among the latest countries to implement Apple's and Google's jointly developed Exposure Notification API in their respective COVID-19 contact tracing apps, available on the App Store.

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Apple released the Exposure Notification API as part of iOS 13.5 last month. At the time, Apple said that 22 countries had requested and received access to the API, with the U.S. states of Alabama, North Dakota, and South Carolina also committed to using the API. Some other participating countries include Italy, Latvia, and Switzerland.

Apple and Google created this API to allow iPhones and Android smartphones to interface with one another for contact tracing purposes. If and when you happen to be nearby someone who later tests positive for COVID-19, you can receive a notification and take the appropriate steps to self isolate and seek medical help if necessary.

The API relies on Bluetooth, is designed with privacy in mind, and is disabled by default. Read our Exposure Notification guide for more details.

(Thanks to Nicolas Oestreich of iFun.de, Piotr Kurnat, and Hussain!)

Top Rated Comments

Dragonmount Avatar
34 months ago
Oh look! The US is behind again. no kidding
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
34 months ago

While a recent poll suggests that 70% of Americans refuse to use a contact tracing app-

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/more-than-7-in-10-americans-dont-want-contact-tracing-data-shows/
Wow, such a privacy minded country. No wonder Facebook and Google are struggling to survive …
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
needsomecoffee Avatar
34 months ago
Germany's code is available for review on Github.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaveMcM76 Avatar
34 months ago

Whereas in the UK we're still planning to use a Centralised system....
Ah yes our wonderful Track and Trace system that will be fully ready to go by the end of April... erm, we meant May... ok, maybe June... look, we might have bits of it running by September! ?‍♂️
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calstanford Avatar
34 months ago
Beyond idiotic to do this by state only in the US. What’s the Federal Government even good for then? How is a tracing app useful if so many people cross state borders every day.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tom.humphrey Avatar
34 months ago
Whereas in the UK we're still planning to use a Centralised system....
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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