BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) — We’re discovering out extra about that contact tracing app Governor Ivey talked about in her information convention Thursday.

The know-how would have the ability to observe those that might have been uncovered to COVID-19 via Bluetooth.

Governor Ivey known as this “excellent news” in her information convention.

She stated this know-how will develop into an vital software to gradual the unfold of the virus by utilizing one thing everybody has of their pocket— a mobile phone.

Apple and Google say they’ve constructed an Publicity Notifications know-how, which may inform somebody they could have been uncovered to the virus.

It’s not an app. As an alternative, it’s a know-how that public well being businesses can incorporate into their very own apps for folks to put in.

As soon as you put in the app, Bluetooth would mainly change alerts between app customers which might be shut to one another.

If an app person is identified with COVID-19, it’s as much as them whether or not to report it within the app.

In the event that they do report it, the know-how would then alert all different app customers who had been close to that contaminated app person lately.

We requested Dr. Eric Wilson with the Jefferson County Division of Well being about issues folks in our state may need.

“Definitely there are privateness issues I feel that lots of people have,” stated Dr. Wilson. “Even when you’ve got an app that tracks utilizing iPhone knowledge, that tracks the place you’ve been, how many individuals within the public are going to be snug with that?”

However Apple and Google say the system doesn’t acquire location knowledge out of your system, and doesn’t share identities of different customers to one another.

Each corporations say the person controls all knowledge they wish to share, and the choice to share it.

And the know-how will be turned off at any time.

For extra data and entry to FAQs answered by Google and Apple, you’ll be able to click here.

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