When you download the app it will explain how your privacy is protected and how the app works and then ask for your permission to send your notifications. If someone tests positive for COVID, their public health authority will give them a one-time key to enter in the app.
"This Ontario-made app keeps people informed about being potentially exposed to the virus and allows them to act quickly to stop the spread of the virus".
Canada today released a new COVID-19 contact tracing app called COVID Alert, as noted by iPhone in Canada.
After being delayed from its initial roll out at the beginning of July, the app is now available, on Android devices and iPhones, and has been created to interact with other similar apps from outside Ontario as they become available. The app will be testing in Ontario first before rolling out nationally to other provinces and territories.More news: Private Division signs deals with Roll7, Moon Studios and League of Geeks
The "COVID Alert" app aims to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in Canada by notifying a user when they have been in close contact with another user who tested positive for the virus.
Several U.S. states are working on apps that use the API, including Alabama, North Dakota, and SC, but no contact tracing apps that take advantage of the tool have been released in the United States to date.
"We expect they'll be coming on board soon as well".
"I want to be clear: this app isn't mandatory", he told reporters. The federal government is working with other provinces to make it available to residents across the country.More news: Apple iphone people will get free cloud storage - thanks to Google
According to the province, the app collects no personal data or personal health information and does not collect or track Global Positioning System location data.
To stay safe as more of the province reopens, Ontarians should continue to follow public health guidelines including physical distancing with people not in their social circle, wearing a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and if anyone thinks they have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, get tested.
The federal government stressed that Canadians' privacy will be protected.
Therrien had previously raised concerns about the adequacy of current privacy laws to protect Canadians should a breach occur, and his new statement indicates there is still room for improvement, noting that given the app doesn't collect personal information, it is in the government's view that the federal Privacy Act does not apply.More news: Russia Aims for COVID-19 Vaccine by Mid-August