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Did Google and Apple put a COVID-19 tracking app on your phone?

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People started experiencing ‘phone disruptions’ earlier this week and hence, they thought, a COVID-19 tracker was being added to the phone.

Over the last few days, a message has been doing the rounds across social media platforms which says that a COVID-19 sensor has been ‘inserted’ into every phone to keep track of the progress.

Now, people started experiencing ‘phone disruptions’ earlier this week, and hence, they thought, a COVID-19 tracker was being added to the phone.

So, if you have an Android phone, go under Settings, then proceed to click on Google followed by settings and you find it there. Also, if you have an iPhone, go to settings, privacy, then health, It’s there but not yet functional.

Once you check it, you will then see whether or not these reports are true.

Google and Apple had introduced a statement back in May 2020.

One of the most effective techniques that public health officials have used during outbreaks is called contact tracing. Through this approach, public health officials contact, test, treat, and advise people who may have been exposed to an affected person. One new element of contact tracing is Exposure

Notifications: using privacy-preserving digital technology to tell someone they may have been exposed to the virus. Exposure Notification has the specific goal of rapid notification, which is especially important to slow the spread of the disease with a virus that can be spread asymptomatically.

To help, Apple and Google cooperated to build Exposure Notifications technology that will enable apps created by public health agencies to work more accurately, reliably, and effectively across both Android phones and iPhones. Over the last several weeks, our two companies have worked together, reaching out to public health officials, scientists, privacy groups, and government leaders all over the world to get their input and guidance.

Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we’ve built is not an app—rather public health agencies will incorporate the API into their own apps that people install. Our technology is designed to make these apps work better. Each user gets to decide whether or not to opt-in to Exposure Notifications; the system does not collect or use the location from the device; and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to report that in the public health app. User adoption is key to success and we believe that these strong privacy protections are also the best way to encourage the use of these apps.

Today, this technology is in the hands of public health agencies across the world who will take the lead and we will continue to support their efforts.

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