App that notifies Canadians of potential COVID-19 exposure now available

The app is created to be fully effective if people have already been using it for at least two weeks before they test positive for COVID-19.

"If you're closer than two metres for more than 15 minutes, the app will record an exposure", reads COVID Alert's definition of "an exposure". It also won't track exactly when the user was near someone who tested positive, or whether they are now near someone who has tested positive.

Those who receive a notification will also receive instructions on what to do next.

"The Government of Canada is working with the other provinces and territories to make this available across Canada", said the press kit provided by the federal government for Friday's briefing.

"Based on our review of the app and acceptance of our recommendations, I am satisfied that there are strong measures built in to help protect individual privacy", Kosseim said. "I will use it". "And it doesn't collect your name, address, geolocation, or other personal information".

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.

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a statement that the app contained "very significant privacy protections".

"This important, made-in-Ontario COVID Alert app will be a critical part of our case and contact management strategy as more regions in Ontario enter Stage 3 today", said Premier Ford. That long weekend people went to parties beaches and gathering acting like COVID-19 was over.

The government is finalizing conversations with other provinces and hopes the app will be fully supported across the country in coming days.

Several times a day, COVID Alert checks a list of codes from people who tell the app they tested positive.

Because the positive test result is reported to the app by the user, rather than public health officials, the government characterized the app's use as voluntary.

Officials noted that the app will not use Global Positioning System or location services, and will have no way of knowing an individual's personal information.

The health information of anyone you're near. "You just have to look at what happened since then to know how devastating it has been".

The app, called COVID Alert, can now be downloaded from the Apple app store and Google Play store for free. Otherwise, Geist said at the time, people may feel a false sense of security because they are not being notified.

The app works by using Bluetooth from your phone and alerts you if you've come within close proximity to a person that has coronavirus. The app was developed in consultation with the Privacy Commissioners of Canada and Ontario to ensure the highest level of privacy for everyone using it.

Ontario is being used as a trial bed before a nationwide roll-out.

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