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Florida Fan
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IOS 13.5 - Contact Tracing
I think no one really believes that this is the first time your phone has been capable of doing this, but this is formally "included" in IOS 13.5.


The release of iOS 13.5 today means that public health agencies around the world can begin deploying their applications that take advantage of Apple and Google Exposure Notification API.

Key changes made to the Exposure Notification API based on feedback from public health agencies include:

Public health agencies can define what constitutes an exposure event
Public health agencies can determine the number of exposure events a person has had
Transmission risk of positive cases can be factored into the definition of an exposure event
Public health agencies can contact exposed users based on a combination fo the API and data that users voluntarily choose to input into the app
Apple and Google also say that they have made further privacy enhancements to the Exposure Notification API:

Temporary Exposure Keys are now generated randomly instead of being derived from a tracing key
All metadata associated with Bluetooth is now encrypted to make it more difficult to identify a person

Statement from Apple and Google:


One of the most effective techniques that public health officials have used during outbreaks is called contact tracing. Through this approach, public health officials contact, test, treat and advise people who may have been exposed to an affected person. One new element of contact tracing is Exposure Notifications: using privacy-preserving digital technology to tell someone they may have been exposed to the virus. Exposure Notification has the specific goal of rapid notification, which is especially important to slowing the spread of the disease with a virus that can be spread asymptomatically.

To help, Apple and Google cooperated to build Exposure Notifications technology that will enable apps created by public health agencies to work more accurately, reliably and effectively across both Android phones and iPhones. Over the last several weeks, our two companies have worked together, reaching out to public health officials scientists, privacy groups and government leaders all over the world to get their input and guidance.

Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we’ve built is not an app — rather public health agencies will incorporate the API into their own apps that people install. Our technology is designed to make these apps work better. Each user gets to decide whether or not to opt-in to Exposure Notifications; the system does not collect or use location from the device; and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to report that in the public health app. User adoption is key to success and we believe that these strong privacy protections are also the best way to encourage use of these apps.

Today, this technology is in the hands of public health agencies across the world who will take the lead and we will continue to support their efforts.


baton rouge
Member since Jun 2014
1343 posts

re: IOS 13.5 - Contact Tracing
And it will be used by the government to trace ideology contacts they view as a virus.

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Auburn Fan
Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
10358 posts

re: IOS 13.5 - Contact Tracing
I’m getting a flip phone frick this shite.

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Member since Dec 2003
1255 posts

re: IOS 13.5 - Contact Tracing
Below is part of reason this concerns me, but it's a concern whether I use it or not. Apple software and security need a reboot. I see so many apps that aren't launched & with background turned off connecting to app link sites or their own sites it is ridiculous. Only seems to slow down by reducing WiFi & cell data by putting both into low data mode and putting phone in lower power mode (maybe turning JavaScript off but not sure on that). Even with those modes left on as soon as you plug in phone with no other changes some apps start connecting. It's not a lot of data, but that's not the point but that background is only really off if you throttle your phone down manually. Amazon app went through and touched base with all it's domain that use other TDLs. Facebook went through a few as well.

Unless you use one that acts as a VPN Ad blockers due nothing for bigger problem of apps connecting to networks of 3rd party trackers. It's aggravating when an app you download to use for cell account loaded with personal info and already paying a lot of money to have phones on network connects to multiple sites owned by adobe, Facebook connect, multiple by google or owned by google, crashlytics, bing, foresee, att's ad tracking network (can't remember name but they bought it), and others including subsidiaries of cell network company for a quick minute setting change to a phone's service.

It won't be too long before this api is hacked or miss used by taking advantage of holes in apple's software like Bluetooth has had done in past. 13 has been crap even trying to limit Bluetooth problem before this api. Kids were constantly finding ways around their Screen Time. Known purchaser of iOS exploits has stopped paying because they have enough. They are overly relying on their closed system and an in bred software team and ignore that there are a lot smarter coders out there that are constantly finding their holes. They won't bring in new blood or companies unless it's extremely cheap and limited employees (outside of Beats and Cook probably get distracted by BBC). The only thing that makes it less likely to be overly abused by anyone but google is that it was designed along with google, and google isn't going to let anyone easily compete with them on collecting data. On or off I feel this new api is a risk and not really big govt but big tech advertising and tracking finding ways to use it for other purposes with people who had been turning Bluetooth off.


The team behind the "unc0ver" jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 5.0.0 of its software that claims to have the ability to jailbreak "every signed iOS version on every device" using a zero-day kernel vulnerability by Pwn20wnd, a renowned iOS hacker.
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