Adafruit’s privacy-preserving contact tracing app … Apple and Google is also doing something @adafruit @apple @google (UPDATE 4/23/2020)


Update: 4/23/2020, The Adafruit privacy-respecting contact tracing app was deployed at 4:21pm ET today April 23rd, 2020 to a small number of essential-worker team members and is being tested now please DM us on Twitter or email us [email protected], trying to add more features, we can work together …

Adafruit has been working on an employee / team member only privacy-preserving contact tracing app for a few weeks now. We saw the app in Singapore and assumed Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. would be making an app and we wanted to make sure we had something that worked for our needs, and if there are ways to make it work with the bigger companies, we’ll see what makes sense.

Our app is privacy first for our team. The data is not shared with anyone unless it needs to be shared (for example, during the time we have essential work, if someone gets ill or tests positive for COVID we could then have a log of locations and sent to the team member’s own email address if needed).

We think companies will want to have their own app for their own teams for contact tracking with a privacy policy that works for them. We’re an open-source company that has an IoT bill of rights for our users and ourselves, so we’ll be going above and beyond to make this work for us in the most private, safe way. It’s in super-alpha now, so we’ll post more as we test it out.

Apple, Google to set phones to help track coronavirus – The Washington Post

…”success of their efforts will hinge on whether public health officials can create apps fast enough, and whether people download and use them consistently.”

The big lesson from South Korea’s coronavirus response – YouTube.


  • First look at Apple/Google contact tracing framework – Twitter.
  • Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android – TechCrunch.
  • Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing – Apple.
  • How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Contact-Tracing – WIRED.
  • Nicky Case’s comic on using privacy-preserving contact tracing to stop Covid-19 –
  • Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology – Google.
  • Rakning – App that helps to analyse individuals’ travel and trace their movements when cases of infection arise – GitHub.
  • Contact Tracing spec – Twitter.
  • The Challenge of Proximity Apps For COVID-19 Contact Tracing – EFF.

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