UK claims to be working on Apple's hybrid contact-tracing app, the latter does not aware.
Days after the UK's National Health Service ( NHS) abandoned its organic contact-tracing software and revealed it would collaborate with tech giants Apple and Google to collaborate on a hybrid device, Apple said it was totally unaware of any such software
Against the backdrop of COVID 19 with contact-tracing apps being part of the new standard, Apple and Google have been working on their Exposure Notification software to be rolled out in the near future. Exposure Notification software goes a long way in terms of privacy and is open source
Matt Hancock, the UK's Health and Social Care Secretary, announced that the UK government would collaborate with Apple and Google to develop a new version of its contact-tracing software. He has said hybrid app would use its homegrown distance measuring technology with the notification technology for exposure by companies.
"We decided to join hands with Google and Apple in putting together the best parts of both systems," the BBC quoted as saying Hancock.
However, Apple expressed surprise at this and said it was not aware of any such hybrid model. "With this hybrid model, we do not know what they mean. They haven't talked about this with us, "Apple told the BBC. Apple said it wasn't sure of the UK government 's claims because there was no communication from their side. "It's hard to understand what those claims are because they haven't spoken to us Apple The Times quoted.
While, a Guardian article quoted Google saying: "We welcome today's UK government announcement. We have built an Exposure Notification API with Apple based on consultation with public health experts around the world, including in the UK, to make sure our efforts are useful to authorities as they create their own apps to restrict the spread of Covid-19 while ensuring privacy and protection are essential to the design.
The report claimed that the developer VMWare Pivotal Labs were awarded three contracts worth £4.8 m for the work on the NHS app. The idea behind the NHS app was that by using Bluetooth communication, it would trace anyone who displayed coronavirus symptoms and inform them of self-isolation. Apple and Google have not been supporting the version of the contact tracing app.
During testing on the Isle of Wight, the NHS app only recognized 4 percent of Apple phones and 75 percent of Google Android devices, the report said.