A collaboration between Google and Apple that leverages Bluetooth technology could help health and government officials curb the COVID-19 pandemic and kickstart economies around the world by offering vital contact tracing while still ensuring data security and privacy.

Contact tracing is a critical – but challenging – part of controlling the spread of disease and location-based technology clearly has a place in relieving the burden.

“To further this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing,” according to an Apple update explaining the plan will roll out in two steps, the first the May release of “APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities.”

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