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Apple makes COVID-19 Exposure Notifications an iOS feature

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Apple has begun introducing support for COVID-19 Exposure Notifications without downloading an app in iOS 13.7, but iPhone users remain in control.

Phase two of the Apple/Google contact tracing plan

Apple is currently beta testing its iOS 13.7 update among developers. The main addition to the new version is the expansion of the COVID-19 Exposure Notification API.

Apple says this will let iPhone users opt-in to receive Exposure Notifications without the need to download an app from your local public health authority.

When Apple and Google jointly announced the move to introduce contact-tracing tools within their operating systems, they committed to enabling a Bluetooth-based contact-tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms.

This is what iOS 13.7 ushers in.

The way this works gives iPhone users control over what information is shared, if at all, but does make a few compromises: While you can opt-in to receive notifications (you don’t have to, but I think you probably should) you can’t actually report on your condition unless you also download and install a supported public health app.

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