Privacy Tweaks in Version 1.1 of Apple and Google COVID-19 Exposure Notification Spec

Joe Rossignol, reporting for MacRumors:

Apple and Google are now referring to “contact tracing” as “exposure notification,” which the companies believe better describes the functionality of their upcoming API. The system is intended to notify a person of potential exposure, augmenting broader contact tracing efforts that public health authorities are undertaking.

A name is just a name, but names matter, and I think “exposure notification” is clearly a more accurate name for what this joint effort is enabling. This system can be a tool for governments conducting contact tracing, but it is not contact tracing in and of itself.

Sunday, 26 April 2020