The GuideSafe Exposure Notification app was developed by the Alabama Department of Public Health in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and MotionMobs, using technology from a collaboration between Apple and Google.
The app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
If the user has tested positive for COVID-19, they can choose to report it.
The user keeps the app running in the background on their phone, and they will be notified if they have come in close contact with someone who tested positive and reports it in the app.
If the user reported a positive test, those who may have been in close contact with them in the last 14 days will be made aware they were near someone with a positive test, but they won’t know who or where. The user’s identity and location remain completely anonymous, and their personal information will not be disclosed. Visit the GuideSafe Alabama Exposure App FAQs page for answers to common questions.
The GuideSafe Alabama Exposure Notification App does not collect identifying information such as the user’s name, address, date of birth, contact information or specific location data. Once the user downloads the app and opts in to the notification system, the tool will generate a random code for his/her device. To help make certain they can’t be identified, the random codes change every few minutes. Users can also turn bluetooth sharing off and on at any time, and the app itself has been engineered so that it can’t be used to pinpoint a device’s specific location.