Apple and Google Show how COVID-19 Exposure Note Apps can work

Today, Apple and Google are offering new tools to public health authorities around the world to help them render COVID-19 exposure warning applications including prototype user interfaces and prototype code for iOS and Android.

Apple and Google have today released a set of standards that must be met by all developers of apps using their Exposure Alerts API:

  • Apps must be created by or for a government public health authority and they can only be used for COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Apps must require users to consent before the app can use the API.
  • Apps must require users to consent before sharing a positive test result with the public health authority.
  • Apps should only collect the minimum amount of data necessary and can only use that data for COVID-19 response efforts. All other uses of user data, including targeting advertising, is not permitted.
  • Apps are prohibited from seeking permission to access Location Services.
  • Use of the API will be restricted to one app per country to promote high user adoption and avoid fragmentation. If a country has opted for a regional or state approach, Apple and Google are prepared to support those authorities.