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Re: Google and Apple announce privacy-preserving contact tracing API

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2020 19:14:25 -0700
To: public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <dfad8ea6-d3a9-b9ee-c60d-d79826c569da@sunshine.net>
On 2020-04-10 12:58 pm, David Booth wrote:
> ...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."
> 
> https://www.apple.com/covid19/contacttracing/
> 
> Comments, particularly on the privacy aspect?

FYI, another similar effort announced today:

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-04-bluetooth-smartphone-automate-covid-contact.html

"A team led by MIT researchers and including experts from many institutions is developing a system that augments "manual" contact tracing by public health officials, while preserving the privacy of all individuals. The system relies on short-range Bluetooth signals emitted from people's smartphones. These signals represent random strings of numbers, likened to "chirps" that other nearby smartphones can remember hearing."

"A vital next step toward implementation is engaging with the smartphone manufacturers and software developers—Apple, Google, and Microsoft".

Steven
Received on Saturday, 11 April 2020 02:15:22 UTC

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