Apple Expands Exposure Notification API With 'Express' Option That Doesn't Require an App

Apple is today releasing iOS 13.7 with a major step forward in the Exposure Notification API that's available for public health authorities to use for their COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. Exposure Notifications Express is designed to provide simpler deployment of regional exposure notifications without the need to develop or maintain an app.

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The new Exposure Notifications Express system will also let users in participating states opt into the system more easily, while still maintaining focusing on privacy and security.

When upgrading to the new iOS 13.7 update, users in states who have agreed to use Exposure Notifications Express will be provided with a notification letting them know that exposure notifications are now available in their state. Tapping the notification will open up the Settings where they can turn on ‌Exposure Notification‌ without downloading an app. From Apple and Google:

"As the next step in our work with public health authorities on Exposure Notifications, we are making it easier and faster for them to use the Exposure Notifications System without the need for them to build and maintain an app. Exposure Notifications Express provides another option for public health authorities to supplement their existing contact tracing operations with technology without compromising on the project's core tenets of user privacy and security. Existing apps using the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API will be compatible with Exposure Notifications Express, and we are committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps."

To develop Exposure Notifications Express, Apple consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Task Force for Global Health.

States that use Exposure Notifications express will not need to develop an app and can instead provide Apple and Google with information about how to reach the public health authority, guidance for residents, and recommendations on potential actions. Public health authorities provide a name, logo, criteria for triggering an exposure notification, and the materials to be presented to users in case of exposure, with Apple and Google using this information to offer an Exposure Notifications System to customers on behalf of the public health authority.

Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. will be the first areas to use Exposure Notifications Express. iOS and Android Exposure Notifications will be fully interoperable with one another and existing Exposure Notifications apps that have rolled out. Public health authorities can still choose to build their own custom apps instead of using Exposure Notifications Express.

More than 20 countries and regions have already created and launched apps that use the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API, with more on the way. In the U.S., 25 states, territories, and the District of Columbia have been working on ‌Exposure Notification‌ solutions, with apps launched in Virginia, North Dakota, Wyoming, Alabama, Arizona, and Nevada.

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Top Rated Comments

ipedro Avatar
8 months ago
I’ve had 3 friends warned in the app. They got tested and despite being asymptomatic, all three were positive. They’re all self isolating, which will save the lives of those who they would have otherwise exposed. The system works.



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Trik Avatar
8 months ago

It's taken so long to roll this stuff out, and it's still not available in all areas. It would have been a lot more useful a few months ago. :(
I would post comments on a failure of American leadership, but we're not in the Political forum, and don't want start a flame war. Let's just say... I completely agree with you.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
8 months ago

I don't understand why things had to escalate politically.

If this matter was taken more seriously (it still isn't), 2% of Americans would not be infected with COVID-19 and over 3% fatality rate. Those figures are more common with developing countries (assuming they are tested more thoroughly).

And I am frankly more mad at selfish people not concerned with vulnerable neighbors. If all of us take this more seriously, most businesses can re-open, which is a win-win for everyone.
This is one of those things I'll never understand. A virus that's rapidly spreading and infects everyone no matter their political affiliation is not something that should be political.

Hell I remember thinking when the virus started to spread in the US "At least the parties in congress will likely work together on this as it's not political." Yeah nope.

That's why I think our problems go beyond politics and that something is fundamentally broken in our society.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
8 months ago
It's taken so long to roll this stuff out, and it's still not available in all areas. It would have been a lot more useful a few months ago. :(
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclardy Avatar
8 months ago

Downloading iOS versions with this tracking is agreeing to Tyranny. 13.4.1 forever.

A location tracking device, audio and text spying, social control and modification - are you getting it yet? A location tracking device, audio and text spying, social control and modification - it's not 3 devices, it's one
Hate to break it to you but cell phones have been trackable since before the iPhone even existed. Unless you bought a tracfone sim with cash at walmart while wearing a mask, you can be tracked by your nokia 6600.

Just think about it for half a second...your phone is connected to multiple cell phone towers. Those towers have to know your IMEI number. The signal strength to those towers can be used to triangulate your position. Your IMEI number is attached to your wireless account, which is then linked directly to your name/address/CC number with the carrier.

In fact, a non-iPhone is even less secure because your normal SMS's are transmitted unencrypted to the tower and also stored by the carrier themselves.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
8 months ago

I would post comments on a failure of American leadership, but we're not in the Political forum, and don't want start a flame war. Let's just say... I completely agree with you.
I don't understand why things had to escalate politically.

If this matter was taken more seriously (it still isn't), 2% of Americans would not be infected with COVID-19 and over 3% fatality rate. Those figures are more common with developing countries (assuming they are tested more thoroughly).

And I am frankly more mad at selfish people not concerned with vulnerable neighbors. If all of us take this more seriously, most businesses can re-open, which is a win-win for everyone.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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