Colorado Not Participating in Google, Apple COVID-19 Exposure Notifications
Colorado is not participating in a previously announced plan for COVID-19 tracing in iPhones and Android.
On April 10, both Apple and Google shared their plans for COVID-19 tracing to be built into the iPhone and Android operating systems with the hope of limiting the spread of the virus.
Apple released this statement in a newsroom release:
...Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.
In order for Americans to receive Apple and Google’s Exposure Notifications, the public health authority in that state must agree to allow it and then create the iOS and Android app for that region which would be dedicated to supporting Exposure Notifications, according to 9to5mac.com.
....Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate if they choose to opt-in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. - Apple Newsroom
Only 4 of the 50 states are participating. Alabama, South Carolina and North Dakota are participating in the Exposure Notifications API for assisting COVID-19 contact tracing, and Virginia has something available for residents.
Contact tracing is a technique used by public health authorities to contact and give guidance to anyone who may have been exposed to a person who has contracted COVID-19. - Google
Google release a video explaining the exposure notifications. You can watch it below.
Google and Apple are releasing draft documentation for an Exposure Notification system in service of privacy-preserving contact tracing, according to Apple.com. You can see it below.
- Exposure Notification - Bluetooth Specification
- Exposure Notification - Cryptography Specification
- Exposure Notification - Framework API
- Exposure Notification - Frequently Asked Questions