The system allows public health authorities to distribute a COVID-19 tracking system without having to create an app.
Apple and Google discussed the new feature in a statement:
“As the next step in our work with public health authorities on exposure alerts, we make it easier and faster for them to use the exposure alert system without having to build and maintain an app. Exposure Alerts Express provides another option for public health authorities to supplement their existing contact tracking operations with technology without compromising the project’s main principles of user privacy and security. Existing apps that use the xExposure Notification API will be compatible with the Exposure Notifications Express, and we are committed to supporting public health authorities that have distributed or are building custom apps. ”
Washington, DC, Nevada, Virginia and Maryland will be the first states to use the new Exposure Notifications Express system.
If you are in these locations, you will see an alert indicating that the system is available. If you select the alert, the user will go to the Settings menu to turn on the feature. The system is turned off by default and you must sign up.
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