The anticipated exposure notification system can’t reach the most at-risk populations if it only works on the latest operating systems.
Since Google and Apple launched their joint exposure notification platform in May, countries across the globe have begun releasing apps that will inform their residents if they’ve come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The platform is designed with privacy in mind and does not collect personal data. But less considered, it seems, is whether people will be able to access these apps. Now, as they roll out, citizens are having to contend with whether their phone is new enough to participate in the notification system.
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