Apple and Google have announced that they will work together on a Bluetooth that will work perfectly between Android and iOS devices. The two companies have the two most popular mobile operating systems in the world and their move to an interoperable Bluetooth is likely to provoke mixed reactions.
“Beginning in May, both companies will release APIs that will enable Bluetooth interoperability between Android and iOS devices, developing applications for public authorities healths. These official apps will be available for users to download through their respective app stores,” the statement said.
Apple and Google plan to create a Bluetooth monitoring platform that will allow users to participate and share their tracking history with the various government health authorities that monitor its spread coronavirus.
Both companies had to answer questions from US senators in recent days. related to the data locations for him COVID-19 and data collection practices. Proximity apps could help a lot in automated detection of contacts, which may be crucial to the resumption of normal life and economic activity in the coming weeks.
"Through a close collaboration of developers, governments and public health services, we hope to harness the power of technologys to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID 19 and accelerate the return to everyday life," the joint statement said.
In terms of security, a draft documentation of the Bluetooth technology and cryptology to be used has been published. The draft states that the contact detection method will use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and a 32-byte tracking key, cryptographically protected code, to record contact between devices.
Proponents of privacy in favor of decentralized Bluetooth surveillance from smartphones call it one of the most up-to-date contact methods available today.
ACLU and cybersecurity lawyer Jennifer Granick said the effectiveness of contact detection applications should depend on trust and voluntary use, and that there should be no central repository of user data.
“Η Apple και η Google ανακοίνωσαν μια προσέγγιση που φαίνεται να μετριάζει τους χειρότερους κινδύνους ιδιωτικότητας και συγκέντρωσης δεδομένων, αλλά φαίνεται να υπάρχει περιθώριο βελτίωσης. Θα συνεχίσουμε να παρακολουθουθούμε για να διασφαλίσουμε ότι η εφαρμογή detectionς θα παραμένει εθελοντική και αποκεντρωμένη και θα χρησιμοποιείται μόνο για σκοπούς δημόσιας υγείας και μόνο κατά τη διάρκεια αυτής της πανδημίας”, ανέφερε ο Granick στην VentureBeat.