What you need to know
- European nations may adopt Apple and Google's contact tracing technology.
- That's according to a report from Reuters.
- The platform is due to be launched in May.
A Reuters report claims that Apple and Google's collaborative effort on contact tracing technology may be adopted in Europe.
According to the report:
The report notes that camps are divided however on the use of a decentralized, or centralized approach to the use of sensitive data. The report continues:
One alternative contact-tracing option could be PEPP-PT, developed with German company Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and some other countries. Its advocates say that a centralized model could offer "better pandemic management potential without infringing privacy". However one also conceded that it should be up to countries to device, and that a decentralized model could also work, but would involve moving more data around.
It is expected that at least 60% of the population would need to download any official contact-tracing app in order for it to be effective.
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