Apple and Google have announced that they are working together to help track the movement of COVID-19 infections by creating a history of where we’ve been and who we have been in contact with.

How each company is doing it is through an API that can expose the right data, provided the user — that’s us — has installed an app on their phones. These APIs are expected in May. For the first round of the API updates, Google is distributing them through Google Play Services so that leaves out phones that aren’t running a Google-approved version of Android.

Later, in the coming months, Apple and Google will roll out a complete Bluetooth contact tracing platform that can collect data about where we have been and who else has been there baked directly into the operating system. Both methods work on the same principle: if you become infected with COVID-19, your data can be referenced…

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