Apple and Google's contact tracing tech is barely used in the United States
What you need to know
- Adoption of Apple and Google's contact tracing technology is struggling in the U.S.
- Only four states currently plan to implement the technology.
- Many states have no plan to create a contact tracing app.
Despite its quick turnaround in creating the technology, barely any states in the United States are planning on adopting Apple and Google's Exposure Notification technology.
Reported by Lawfare, the United States has decided to leave contact tracing apps to a state by state decision which has resulting in an inconsistent approach on what technology is used and if an app is built at all.
Even more concerning, only four states currently have plans to utilize Apple and Google's Exposure Notification technology in their contact tracing apps. Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina and Virginia are the only states signed on to build their apps with the technology.
What might be worse is the fact that a number of states have no plans to build a contact-tracing app and are choosing to rely solely on human contact-tracers. Almost a quarter of states currently have no plans to build a digital solution to help assist in the effort.
Currently, Apple and Google's Exposure Notification technology exists in the form of an API that governments and health agencies can use in their own app. The companies plan to build the technology into the operating system directly, but it is currently unclear as to when that will happen.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.