To contain the spread of a disease it is imperative to stick to the recommended safety measures. But often, citizens think they are complying with these measures when they actually aren’t.
European researchers have found a way to use mobile phones to contain the spread of the coronavirus — and help people avoid infection — without sacrificing Europe’s high standards on data protection. A code will be released that analyzes Bluetooth signals between mobile phones to detect users when they get close enough to infect each other. That data will only be temporarily stored on the phones. If users later test positive for the virus, the app alerts anyone who has been around them in preceding days.
Germany will be among the first countries to launch a coronavirus warning app based on the code. Other countries in Europe could soon follow suit.
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