To explain further - just enabling this feature does not help you also have to install apps which use this framework for it to be effective.
The use of this feature is mandatory in some countries. For e.g in India to travel I need to have Government approved health notification apps running on my phone if I want to board a plane or a train. I am sure it will be the case in other countries as well.
Users who do not agree with this framework’s being on their device can keep it disabled and not install any of these Apps.
My personal views apart which would be to do away with the code all together, I guess /e/ as an organization will always go by the common interest.
Given that Covid shows no signs of dissipating and Governments across the world are using this framework to track the spread of the virus, the implementation of the framework in a disabled-by-default mode may be the eventual winner.
The alternative is users carry two phones at all times on their person which does not look like a workable solution.
To the question as to when it will be decided - I can say soon 1-2 weeks if not sooner.
If the decision is to implement we will release it for testing first before releasing it via OTA for all devices.