Alberta launches COVID-19 contact search application

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Alberta Health has launched a new app to help find people who have come into contact with those who have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

The ABTraceTogether voluntary app is now available for Android and iPhone users. It is a few days before the province begins to relax the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Although government officials have consulted with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and a privacy impact assessment has been completed, the application is being rolled out before the Information Commissioner Privacy has not officially approved, which the government expects in the coming weeks. Alberta Health will release a summary of the assessment when it is accepted.

ABTraceTogether collects less data than similar applications in other countries. Unlike Australia, where the media says that users must provide their name, age range and postal code, Albertans are only asked to provide their phone number on a voluntary basis. No other personal or health information is required.

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