In a rare partnership, the two Silicon Valley giants, Apple and Google announced over the weekend they would be partnering up to create software that can alert users if they come in direct contact with someone who has the coronavirus. How will this work ? With the new partnership, the two companies announced both iPhones and Androids alike will be able to exchange information via bluetooth to alert the user if they’ve come in close proximity of someone with the coronavirus. Under the plan, users’ phones will be added to a catalog of phones that have agreed to have their tracing technology turned on. Similar tracking was used by China recently, with surveillance of their citizens to attempt combatting the spread of the virus. Apple however issued a statement assuring users’ they have nothing to worry about regarding “surveillance” saying
“Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders“
So in simplest terms, if a user with their tracing on in the catalog tests positive, a list of encrypted phones that came near that person’s phone will be alerted.