One of the big discussions about Apple’s partnership with Google on COVID-19 contract tracking apps is how they would get people to use them. Casey Newton of The Verge took part in a call in which the companies explained that the most important is the second phase: integrating technology into the operating system of a device, so that people do not have to install an application from the health authority.
The companies said that in the second phase of their efforts, when OSC contact tracking is enabled, they will inform people who have chosen their potential exposure to COVID-19, even if they have not downloaded the relevant application from their public health authority. I understand that the operating system itself warns people that they may have been exposed and directs them to download the appropriate public health application. This is important because it can be difficult to get people to install software; Singapore had only 12% acceptance of its national contact search application. Posting at the system level is a big step forward for this effort, although people still have to adhere to it.
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