Apple and Google announce how COVID-19 exposure notifications will work

Apple and Google on Monday provided new resources to the global public health agency to help them create COVID-19 exposure notification apps, including user interface and code samples for iOS and Android. the iOS 13.5 system will add a new menu to the “Settings” and “Health” and “COVID-19 Exposure Records” that will show which public health agency’s app the user is using in addition to the number of times the user has checked the user’s exposure records in the past 14 days.

Apple and Google announce how COVID-19 exposure notifications will work

If users are exposed to COVID-19 patients, they will receive push notifications from the public health agency App.

Apple and Google announce how COVID-19 exposure notifications will work

Here’s what the app might show when a user goes to report that COVID-19 is positive.

Apple and Google announce how COVID-19 exposure notifications will work

Apple and Google also shared a list of requirements that all app developers who use their exposure notification APIs must comply with.

Apps must be created by or for government public health agencies and can only be used for COVID-19 response.

The app must require the user’s consent before the API can be used.

The app requires users to obtain their consent before sharing positive test results with public health authorities.

Apps should only collect the minimum amount of necessary data and use it only for COVID-19 response work. The use of all other user data, including targeted advertising, is not permitted.

Prevent apps from seeking access to location services.

The use of APIs will be limited to one app per country to promote high user usage and avoid fragmentation. If a country chooses a regional or state approach, Apple and Google are prepared to support these authorities.

Last week, Apple released iOS 13.5 Beta 3, which contains the code needed to run apps built using the Exposure Notifications API, and Apple continues to target the release of software updates in mid-May. In addition, Apple has released the first beta version of Xcode 11.5, which includes a new version of the iOS SDK that integrates the API.

Apple and Google say their APIs are just one part of a broader effort by public health authorities to help contain the outbreak, including detection, traditional contact tracking and isolation.