Only four states plan to use Apple/Google coronavirus API; none yet in use


An analyst of the US contact tracing landscape paints a depressing picture. Not a single US state currently offers an app that uses the Apple/Google coronavirus contact tracing API — and only four states plan to do so.

Others have launched GPS-based apps that raise immediate privacy concerns and are unlikely to see significant adoption, while the majority of states who responded plan to offer nothing at all…

Legal blog Lawfare describes its mission as covering “that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws” – making an analysis of the state of play of coronavirus contact tracing an ideal topic. The results of that analysis don’t make for cheery reading.

There’s an argument to be made for the fact that until contact tracing is widespread, we won’t get a handle on this pandemic. This patchwork of (non)efforts isn’t helping. Thanks to Michael D for the link.