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More countries turning to Apple/Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing tech

More counties are turning to the Apple/Google developed tech for COVID-19 contact tracing, reports Reuters. The article says that Switzerland, Latvia and Italy have opted for Bluetooth short-range radio for their apps, based on the tech that securely logs exchanges on the smartphones of people who have been near each other.

Around 30% of smartphones in Europe run on Apple’s iOS operating system, with nearly all of the rest using Google’s Android. Together they host 99% of the world’s smartphones.

On April 10, Apple and Google announced a joint effort to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19. The plan is to implement this solution in two steps while maintaining strong protections around user privacy.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.