A user will also get notified if the random code they received matches the code of the other user who tells the app that they tested positive for the virus, but the users won't know whom the codes belong to.
Canadians can now begin downloading a voluntary smartphone app meant to warn users they've been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
"Health experts say if enough people sign up, this app can help prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19 in Canada".
In order to understand how the app works and to find out if anyone I've been in contact with has had COVID-19, I made a decision to download it. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know without sharing any personal information.
Once the code has been entered, COVID Alert will notify any users who may have come into contact with that person for at least 15 minutes in the past 14 days.More news: Apple Is Turning iPhones Into Payment Terminals With Its Latest Acquisition
According to a press release, the app uses measures to protect any data it collects and does not track a user's location or collect any personally identifiable information. Android users must turn their location settings on for it to work for, whereas iPhones users do not.
The COVID Alert app is available on the Apple Store and Google Play for free.
Trudeau says the app is now linked to the Ontario health system, but anyone in Canada can begin using it today and more provinces are joining it soon.
But again, I thought about the fact that not a lot of people have downloaded the app yet. "It was developed in consultation with the privacy commissioners of Ontario and Canada to ensure the highest level of privacy".
The app will then encourage users to call their provincial health services for advice on what to do next.More news: Major League Baseball investigation says Marlins players went out, visited bars before coronavirus outbreak
The notification users will receive if they may have come into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case lets them know that they are at risk of being infected and prompts them to contact their local public health agency to determine next steps.
Nor would they say why only one province has agreed to adopt what it supposed to be a national app. "It's completely voluntary to download and to use", Trudeau said. The app was designed by the Canadian Digital Service using open source code from Shopify.
To meet the necessity and proportionality principle, both governments must monitor the app's implementation and effectiveness and independent oversight will be important to foster public trust.
Other provinces such as New Brunswick have worked to develop their own apps.
"This is an app that puts your privacy first", Ford said.More news: Blue Jays weekend series against Phillies on hold
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.