The CA COVID Notify pilot was launched at UC San Diego and UC San Francisco in mid-September. Although the technology does not allow tracking of users, it is estimated that there are more than 20,000 users from those campuses. The pilot expansion is scheduled for Nov. 16, and it will add UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.
When a person opts in to using CA COVID Notify, their phone is assigned a random identification number that changes every 10-20 minutes minutes. When two phones participating in CA COVID Notify come within six feet of each other, they exchange IDs—without names or locations attached. Bluetooth technology commonly used to wirelessly connect smartphones to earbuds must be turned on to exchange IDs between phones.
Read the full UCLA press release.