The strategy of many countries with regard to corona tracing apps is increasingly taking shape. This shows that more and more countries are now convinced of Apple’s and Google’s associated interface after some government representatives had previously shown a certain skepticism.
Switzerland was the first country to publish a tracing application using Apple’s and Google’s API. It can, therefore, be used on both iPhones and Android devices and offers the greatest possible data protection due to the decentralized approach.
Countries Increasingly Rely on The Apple or Google API
Italy followed a few days ago with its own app that also uses the Apple and Google interface. Finland, Ireland, Portugal, and Austria also use the API for their respective applications. Germany, Latvia, and Estonia are driving the development of their own solutions with Apple or Google integration.
Finland, Ireland, Portugal, and Austria also use the solution from the two tech giants. Australia and Singapore are considering switching to the interface.
In addition, the UK authorities are now also considering supporting the API. Previously, the UK’s strategy pointed to its own solution with centralized data collection, but this created legal hurdles and potential lawsuits. In addition, the previous tracing application has several serious security gaps.
Interface Available a Few Weeks Ago
Apple released the API as a component of iOS 13.5 in May. Users have the option of voluntarily opting in to participate in the data collection. In addition to the API, the tracing app of the respective country is needed to participate.
Anyone who agrees to contact tracking will be notified via Bluetooth communications if one of the people in the immediate proximity has tested positive for COVID-19 or if it is tested at a later time (provided the contact also participates in the tracking service). Only official government applications can access the API.