COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available

Ruben Fields
August 2, 2020

Canadians can download the app to their mobile phones, which will use bluetooth technology to exchange signals with nearby phones.

The app will then encourage users to call their provincial health services for advice on what to do next.

But again, I thought about the fact that not a lot of people have downloaded the app yet.

"The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be", Ford said. As long as the Bluetooth function is on, users will be able to be notified.

"We are happy there is one national notification app being trialed and are looking at how we can use it in supplement our important public health contact tracing in the fight against COVID-19", wrote Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced the official launch of the COVID Alert app, which will alert the user if they've been in contact with anyone who also has the app and has tested positive with COVID-19. It's the same thing as a mask or anything like that.

A step-by-step guide shows how COVID Alert works and what users can expect when it comes to finding out whether they were exposed to COVID-19.

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Officials have stressed that no personal data will be collected.

"No one will know who you are or where you've been", the federal government said in a video.

However, the Canadian government does store users' IP addresses for a period of three months to two years, in what it says is a standard protocol for protecting against cyber attacks. The government says this is "a standard part of how the Government of Canada protects online systems from cybersecurity threats". The key codes will be given by healthcare providers to patients who receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. "Learn more about what to do next", reads the example of a push notification users would receive.

As of Thursday, there were less than 15,000 reported active cases of COVID-19 in Canada.

"This is an app that puts your privacy first", Ford said.

Officials also said that there has been "extensive" engagement with the Privacy Commissioner's office.

The use of the app is voluntary and has been developed with robust safeguards to protect the identity of users. "I will use it". Available now in the App Store and Google Play. However, while the app is voluntary as it relates to the federal and Ontario governments, there is still a risk that third parties may seek to compel app users to disclose information as to their use of the app, including any exposure notifications. A Shopify volunteer team provided the original code, and BlackBerry helped with security reviews. He said the Atlantic provinces will be the next to link their health systems to the app and the federal government is in talks with other provinces too.

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