Apple, Google: Contact tracing to become standard smartphone feature
Nevada, Maryland, Virginia and D.C. will be the first to use a version of the tech giants' jointly developed API that does not require the installation of an app.
Nevada joins states using Apple-Google API for contact tracing app
The state is the latest to publish a smartphone app based on the tech giants' joint programming kit in an attempt to track the spread of COVID-19.
Virginia launches first statewide contact tracing app using Apple-Google platform
The Covidwise app, which runs on the tech giants' Bluetooth-based API, is being made available to all Virginia residents, Gov. Ralph Northam said.
Alabama launches contact tracing app based on Google-Apple API
The app will be targeted at students returning to the state's college campuses. Meanwhile Google says as many as 20 states are developing apps based on the API.
Privacy concerns have states taking it slow on contact tracing apps
Some states have built contact tracing apps, but a decades-old manual process is the norm in most places as officials address widespread privacy concerns.
Maryland wants to perfect 'classic' contact tracing before launching apps
The state's 1,400 contact tracers will use a combination of cloud platforms, text alerts and old-fashioned phone calls to track the spread of COVID-19.
Three states sign up for new Apple-Google contact tracing API
North Dakota, Alabama and South Carolina are the first states to say they'll use the tech rivals' platform to track the spread of the coronavirus.
California bill mandating cell phone encryption backdoors fails
The controversial legislation died in committee following stiff resistance from privacy advocates and even federal lawmakers.
New California laws take aim at preserving electronic privacy
Lawmakers have managed to pass a series of laws regulating how law enforcement officers can both use technology and access electronic data.