By persisting with COVIDSafe Australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing – The Conversation

Time to evolve and pivot the COVIDSafe app to use “Gapple” APIs. This is even more apparent and inevitable when you look at the roadmap that Google and Apple have stated to embed key contact tracing functionality into their base platforms. Heck, you can still call it the COVIDSafe app and accept a more trustworthy decentralised model.

“In the second phase, available in the coming months, this capability will be introduced at the operating system level to help ensure broad adoption, which is vital to the success of contact tracing. After the operating system update is installed and the user has opted in, the system will send out and listen for the Bluetooth beacons as in the first phase, but without requiring an app to be installed. If a match is detected the user will be notified, and if the user has not already downloaded an official public health authority app they will be prompted to download an official app and advised on next steps. Only public health authorities will have access to this technology and their apps must meet specific criteria around privacy, security, and data control.” – Exposure Notification FAQ Apple and Google #covid19au

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