People are getting upset about a whole lot of not really much to see here. According to Forbes, the new notifications were just to allow Android and iOS to update their application programming interface (API) to put in the framework for application developers to use the notification function. 

“It’s not an app; it’s the framework within the operating system that will allow such an app to function once it becomes available and if you decide to install it,” Forbes describes.

As the two companies were working to bring the new API development back in May, they issued a joint statement to clarify then that this was not an app.”What we’ve built is not an app – rather public health agencies will incorporate the API into their own apps that people install. Our technology is designed to make these apps work better,” the statement read, on May 20. 

To boil it down: there is zero tracking going on, no app has been installed, and people can relax.  

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