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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In March 2020, Singapore's Government Technology Agency and the Ministry of Health deployed an app called TraceTogether that aims to boost contact tracing in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Using Bluetooth, TraceTogether identifies other nearby phones with the app installed. It then tracks when the user is in close proximity with these other persons, including timestamps.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In March 2020, Hong Kong launched a mobile phone app, StayHomeSafe, which is designed to ensure that individuals arriving to the country are undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine that is required of all arrivals during the health crisis. Upon arrival, each person is given a wristband and is required to download the tracking app and pair it with the wristband.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In March 2020, Argentina announced that anyone arriving in the country would be required to install a mobile app on their phone for 14 days. The app uses location tracking to ensure the individuals comply with quarantine rules. The Argentine Ministry of Health has also developed an app
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, Bulgaria launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app, Virusafe, allows users to: • receive up to date information about the virus; • enter any symptoms they may have; • share their location so that it can be compared to the location of all users with symptoms; and • be notified if they were in close proximity to another user with symptoms. The app is not mandatory; users can opt in or out.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, the Polish government launched two contact tracing apps in response to the corona virus pandemic. One app, Kwarantanna domowa, uses geolocation and facial recognition technology to monitor and track users’ movements. The app is mandatory for people who are subject to house quarantine after exposure to Covid-19.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In March 2020, Israel launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app, Hamagen, is not mandatory; users can opt in or out. Hamagen compares GPS data from a user's phone with government epidemiological data of locations visited by those who have tested positive for Covid-19. Users receive health updates and are notified if they have come in close contact with an infected person. The app does not share users' information.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, the government of India launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app, Aarogya Setu —which means “health bridge” in Sanskrit, uses location tracking to trace users’ contacts in order to evaluated users’ risk of infection. When the app launched, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology said “the personal data collected by the app is encrypted using state-of-the-art technology and stays secure on the phone till it is needed for facilitating medical intervention.” While currently voluntary for most citizens, it is mandatory for people in the food-delivery industry and all federal government employees.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments The Italian government has launched a contact-tracing app to track Covid-19 infections. The app, Immuni, uses Bluetooth technology to broadcast an anonymous ID code detected by other smart phones in the same area with the app installed. The government has said users’ personal data will not be collected and the app will not geolocate them.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, Turkey launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app, known as “ Pandemic Isolation Project ”, is mandatory for all confirmed coronavirus patients. The app tracks their movements to ensure they follow quarantine measures.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, Alberta launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app, ABTraceTogether, uses a community-driven approach where mobile devices exchange Bluetooth-enabled encrypted tokens when another device with the app installed is detected nearby. No other information is shared. Anyone with the app who later contracts Covid-19 will be asked to upload the encrypted data to Alberta Health Services, which will use it to reach out to those who came in contact with the person in the past 21 days.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In March 2020, NHS commissioned a contact tracing app, NHS Covid-19, to monitor the spread of the virus in UK. However, development of the app was halted in June due to privacy concerns and questions about the effectiveness of the app. In August, NHS said development of a “next phase” app is ongoing and pilot tests are underway.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, Australia launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app, COVIDSafe, uses location tracking to trace users’ contacts in order to evaluate users’ risk of infection. COVIDSafe recognizes other devices with the COVIDSafe app installed. If someone with the app is diagnosed with Covid-19 and provides their permission, the encrypted contact information from the app will be uploaded to an information storage system.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments The government of Thailand is using four contact tracing apps to monitor and track people in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The DDC-Care app requires people who are diagnosed as being at risk for infection to install the app and report their travel history. The AOT Airport Application is required for tourists and travelers
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020, Iceland launched a mobile phone app designed to track Covid-19 infections. The app is not mandatory; users can opt in or out. The app, Rakning-19, requires users to enter their telephone number. The app runs in the background and saves the phone's location several times an hour. When health officials need to trace a person's contacts, they send them a notification on the app and ask them to provide their consent to upload their data pack.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments Ireland has developed a new contact tracing app called COVID Tracker. The app uses Bluetooth and anonymous IDs to log: • any phone that users' have been in close contact with that also has the app; • the distance between their phone and another app users' phone; and
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments In April 2020 the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport held an ‘appathon’ with the intention to test and improve new coronavirus contact tracing apps. After reviewing the seven apps selected as a result of the contest, the DPA determined there were significant privacy concerns and not enough information. As of May 2020, no contact tracing app is being used by the government.
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Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Developments The National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology ( INRIA ) is developing a contact tracing app called StopCovid. The app, which is voluntary, uses Bluetooth technology to alert users if a person they were in contact with tests positive for Covid-19. In April 2020, the CNIL published its opinion that the app could be developed in compliance with the GDPR if there are no negative consequences for users who refuse to use the app.
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