Apple [https://www.apple.com/] and Google [https://www.google.com/] on Wednesday
released the first beta build of its contact tracing API to select developers
associated with public health authorities
[https://www.thefreedictionary.com/public+health+authority] (PHAs) around the
world.

According toa report byTechCrunch
[https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/29/apple-and-google-release-first-seed-of-covid-19-exposure-notification-api-for-contact-tracing-app-developers/] , this is a developer-focused release with both the companies delivering beta
copies of their ?exposure notification? software at the same time. While Google
has released a beta version of Google Play with the seed SDK
[https://cloud.google.com/sdk] being shipped privately to select developers,
Apple has done the same via Xcode [https://developer.apple.com/xcode/] beta
version 11.5 and a beta version of iOS 13.5.

Apple and Google have also said that they will also be providing additional
information to the developers which will include a sample code demonstrating how
the companies? contact tracing system would work.

Separately, both Apple and Google recentlyreleased an FAQ page
[https://blog.google/documents/63/Exposure_Notification_-_FAQ_v1.0.pdf]which
explains that the two companies will not maintain the API indefinitely and they
will shut it down on a region-to-region basis when the pandemic has been
contained. The two companies have also said that users will be able to shut the
system down on their Android smartphones anytime by uninstalling the contact
tracing app or turning off exposure notification in Settings.

Amid the growing debate over privacy and security around contact tracing
technology, the tech giant last week announced new updates to allay such fears,
saying the Bluetooth-driven exposure notification system to enable iOS and
Android phones trace the spread of coronavirus is completely safe.

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