Germany has announced that its coronavirus contact tracing app, Covid-Warn-App, is now available.
As Reuters reports:
Germany sought to mobilize the public on Tuesday to download a new smartphone app that seeks to help break the chain of coronavirus infections, one of several such apps in Europe that governments hope will revive travel and tourism.
The new Covid-Warn-App, which became available for download for Apple and Android phones overnight, uses Bluetooth short-range radio to monitor close contacts between people and issue a warning should one of them test positive.
Germany initially chose to use an app which stored data on a central server, but reversed course after an open letter from “hundreds of scientists” warned that it would create unprecedented surveillance of society at large. The government abandoned the PEPP-PT standard and opted for Apple and Google’s API…