New COVID-19 notification app rolls out in Ontario | CBC Information

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New COVID-19 notification app rolls out in Ontario | CBC News



Residents of Ontario can now obtain a brand new app that may inform them whether or not they have been close to somebody who has examined optimistic for COVID-19 over the earlier two weeks. However whereas authorities officers say the aim is to make the COVID Alert contact notification app accessible throughout the nation and are in talks with different provinces, they can not state but when will probably be accessible outdoors Ontario. The Android model might be discovered right here.In addition they have not defined why just one province has agreed to undertake what was speculated to be a nationwide app. COVID Alert is the federal authorities’s newest transfer within the battle to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 as Canada’s economic system step by step reopens. Here is the way it works: You begin by downloading the app to your smartphone. That may permit the cellphone to make use of Bluetooth know-how to change indicators with close by telephones. If somebody assessments optimistic for COVID, their public well being authority will give them a one-time key to enter into the app. The app will then ship out notices to each cellphone that has been inside two metres of the contaminated particular person’s cellphone for no less than 15 minutes over the earlier 14 days — so long as these different telephones additionally carry the app. Those that obtain a notification will obtain directions on what to do subsequent. Officers say that the app will turn out to be more practical as extra folks obtain it — they usually stress that it is a notification app, not a contact-tracing app. App is voluntary Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has downloaded the app. “I need to be clear — this app is not necessary,” he instructed reporters. “It is utterly voluntary to obtain and to make use of.” Watch: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explains new COVID Alert app Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed reporters in Ottawa how the brand new federal COVID app will warn Canadians if they’ve been close to somebody who has examined optimistic for the virus. 2:32 Different provinces, reminiscent of New Brunswick, have labored to develop their very own apps. Alberta launched a contact tracing app referred to as ABTraceTogether on Might 1. Trudeau mentioned the federal authorities is near understanding an settlement with the Atlantic provinces to combine their techniques with the app. The federal authorities says it can be speaking with different provinces and territories about integrating their techniques however hasn’t indicated when different provinces would possibly undertake the app. Whereas anybody throughout Canada can obtain the app, they’ll obtain alerts solely if they’ve been close to somebody who has examined optimistic in a province that has built-in the app with its testing system, and who has downloaded the app. Whereas the Android model requires customers to activate their location settings, officers preserve the app won’t know a consumer’s location, title or deal with. It additionally will not monitor precisely when the consumer was close to somebody who examined optimistic, or whether or not they are presently close to somebody who has examined optimistic. For customers of Apple gadgets, the app works on the iOS 13.5 working system and newer techniques. Which means the app may not work on some older smartphones, and a few customers would possibly need to improve their working techniques. Officers mentioned the federal government has been working with federal Privateness Commissioner Daniel Therrien’s workplace to handle any privateness issues. Therrien endorsed the app on Friday, saying that he plans to obtain it himself.  “Canadians can choose to make use of this know-how, understanding it consists of very vital privateness protections,” he wrote in a press release. Ontario Data and Privateness Commissioner Patricia Kosseim agreed, saying her workplace’s evaluate discovered sturdy measures to guard privateness. “I help the usage of publicity notification know-how to assist management the unfold of COVID-19, supplied it’s utilized in the way in which it has been designed to respect the privateness of Ontarians,” mentioned Kosseim. “This app will solely work if folks belief their private data will likely be protected and select to make use of the know-how.” Therrien and Kosseim mentioned, nonetheless, that their endorsements are conditioned on the app’s use being voluntary and the federal government persevering with to observe it. Elizabeth Thompson might be reached at elizabeth.thompson@cbc.ca



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