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US contact tracing apps still a mess, despite Apple's efforts

Added 10-22-20 08:31:02am EST - “US contact tracing apps are still a mess, says a new report today, despite efforts by Apple and Google to make it as simple as possible ...” - 9to5mac.com

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US contact tracing apps are still a mess, says a new report today, despite efforts by Apple and Google to make it as simple as possible for countries and US states to use their API.

We’ve been tracking adoption of the joint Apple/Google API by US states, with just eleven having done so as of our last update at the beginning of the month …

Apple and Google partnered on a project to make freely available to US states and other countries not just an API, but also boilerplate code which would make it a trivial task to create a complete contact tracing app.

Crucial to the coronavirus contact tracing API were eight privacy safeguards designed to ensure that citizens would feel comfortable using the apps, knowing that their identity, movements and meetings remained private.

The tech giants made the first version of the API available on May 20, making it all the more baffling why so few US states have adopted it some five months later.

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