The privacy watchdogs assessed the app and were supportive of the voluntary nature, but cautioned that there is still a risk that third parties may seek users to disclose information related to their use of the app, and there are plans to continue to assess the app as more Canadians begin using it.
Once users download the app, all they have to do is select their province to begin.
The COVID Alert app comes as much of the province is now in Stage 3 of reopening and is meant to assist with contact tracing and providing people an opportunity to self-isolate to get tested if they have come in contact with someone who has tested positive.
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While the initial rollout is just underway in Ontario, Canadians across the country are able, and are being encouraged to download the app in anticipation of more provincial and territorial health authorities signing on to use the new software.
"We expect they'll be coming on board soon as well".
The COVID Alert app is now available in Ontario and aims to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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The new record-keeping expectation won't apply to take-out customers, and businesses will only have to share the information with a medical officer of health or health inspector. The government describes it as an exposure notification app - not a contact-tracing app - as it does not track personal data. The federal government is working with other provinces to make it available to residents across the country.
It added that its system with Apple now enables apps launched by different countries to talk to each other, allowing contact-logging to continue even when users cross borders.
"Built with a privacy-first approach, COVID Alert is a safe and easy-to-use tool that Ontarians can download to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community from COVID-19", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.More news: Boris Johnson postpones further easing of lockdown measures