7:01 a.m. ET — Germany’s contact tracing app, which was released on Tuesday, has been downloaded 9.6 million times, a government spokeswoman told Reuters.
The app, which was developed in part by SAP and Deutsche Telekom, uses Bluetooth technology to alert people who might have been exposed to someone who tests positive for the coronavirus. The app does not collect data in a central database, Reuters previously reported, quelling some privacy concerns.
Some countries, including South Korea and Singapore, had early success in containing the virus, in large part thanks to tech-enabled contact tracing. However, Europe and the U.S., where some say people are more skeptical of government and big technology companies, have been slower to adopt and develop such technology. —Will Feuer
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