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Probably the application “Immune” will use the Apple model-Google

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Published on Apr 22, 2020

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Probably the application “Immune” will use the Apple model-Google

The controversy on the application “Immune” are are so many because in the way in which it was conceived could never work. To trace the outbreaks from COVID-19 using the Bluetooth in fact, it is absolutely necessary to rely on an API of Apple (not yet released). Anyone who decides to use a different system, you will come to a dead point because, on iOS applications can't use the Bluetooth in the background. It follows that it would only screen on and with the application open in the foreground.

The Italian application “Immune“, as well as that chosen by France, can't work with the screen turned off and placed in the pocket or when the screen is on but you are using another app in the foreground, then the tracking fails and with it the utility and function of the app themselves.

After it raised a myriad of controversy in this regard, the Ministry of Italian Technological Innovation, has been forced to publish a long article that clarifies some of the fundamental points of this app.

Immune, was chosen among 319 proposals of applications arrived at the Ministry. The application will be open source, so anyone can look at the source code and study the way in which it works. It will be a free software and open.

The application will not access to the address book and phone contacts. Does not require phone number for registration. The alerts will come just like a classic Push Notification.

The application is based on an installation voluntary on the part of the users, and its operation will cease when you terminate the emergency, with the deletion of all the data generated during its operation

The application does not retain the information related to the geolocation of the users. Basically we won't be tracked as with a GPS in all of our trips, but will be exchanged only an ID (and anonymous) with the other phones with which you contact via bluetooth. It will be impossible for the government to understand who we are and where we are at any given time “X”.

There are more details on the functioning of the app but in the note it reads this:

“the system of contact tracing must be finalized taking into account the evolution of the systems of contact tracing, international, today, is still not completely defined (PEPP-PT, DP-3T, ROBERT), and in particular the evolution of the model announced by Apple and Google.“

This last sentence is important because initially had been declared the use of a model PEPP-PT, which is a centralized solution, now (since the app is not ready yet) it seems that it was put again everything in discussion and that you are considering again the possible tracking systems, in particular the one announced by the Apple-Google (the only one that can actually work).

Apple has not yet released its API and for this reason we are confident that the app Immune can still implement them, otherwise the final result will have been another useless waste of money. We will keep you updated.

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