COVID Alert app now available in Ontario

Canada launches COVID-19 tracking app — but only in Ontario

COVID Alert app now available in Ontario

Once users download the app, all they have to do is select their province to begin.

Made in Ontario with a group of volunteers at Shopify, COVID Alert lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. If someone tests positive for COVID, their public health authority will give them a one-time key to enter in the app.

"We know other provinces will be joining in soon", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, encouraging people across the country to download the app right away.

"While the app is voluntary, the more people who have the app, the more effective we will be at stopping the spread of COVID-19", Fedeli is quoted.

The COVID Alert app is now available in Ontario and aims to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"If that's the case, it will then encourage you to call your provincial health services for guidance on what to do", Trudeau said.

In order to trace someone's exposure, the app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones. You'll get a notification if a code you got matches one of the positive codes.

The app so far has gotten a 4.7 rating based on 12 reviews on Google's Play Store and a 4.3 rating based on 23 reviews on Apple's App Store.

Burke continues that there's been feedback from developers that they'd like more detail about how ENS works under the covers, and so they've published public-facing guides that direct health authorities about test verification server creation, code revealing its underlying workings, and information about what data is actually collected (in a de-identified manner) to allow for much more transparent debugging and verification of proper app functioning. The federal government is working with other provinces to make it available to residents across the country.

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.

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