The built-in technology would ban the use of GPS location data to monitor contact with people who test positive for COVID-19.
Developers who create contact tracing apps using a joint technology from Apple and Google will not be able to track the location of users. On Monday, the two archrivals now working together released guidelines for the API (application programming interface) of what they’re calling Exposure Notification. Designed to be integrated into iOS and Android, the platform will allow developers to build apps to monitor and alert people of coronavirus exposure. However, the developers will have to do that without the assistance of GPS location tracking.
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The guidelines specifically state: “A Contact Tracing App may not use location-based APIs, may not use Bluetooth functionality (excluding Bluetooth functionality included in the Exposure Notification APIs), and may not collect any device information to identify the precise location of users. In addition, Contact Tracing Apps are prohibited from using frameworks or APIs in the Apple Software that enable access to personally identifiable information (e.g., Photos, Contacts), unless otherwise agreed by Apple.”
Contact tracing is seen as one way to slow