“StopCovid” virus tracking application in France: how will it work and when will you be able to download it?

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After a long debate, the French application for monitoring StopCovid contracts is now available on the Android and iOS platforms. The launch of the application coincides with the third phase of the government’s reopening plan, where restaurants, high schools and universities will be gradually opened.

Like France, many countries around the world rely on apps to help quickly alert people when they have been exposed to the virus and prevent it from spreading.

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Digital Minister Cédric O said in an interview with France Inter radio on Monday: “From the first downloads, the application helps prevent contamination, illness and therefore death. There is therefore no minimum threshold for the effectiveness of the application. Of course, the more people, the better, but there is no threshold to make it effective. This speeds up the tracing process. “

Use the Bluetooth signal!

Similar to other contact tracking apps, this one also uses the Bluetooth signal from smartphones to develop a list of other users you’ve interacted with for about 15 minutes. In addition, you will be alerted when you are close to a user whose test for COVID-19 is positive.

In case, if you test positive for COVID-19, the laboratory will give you a code to scan or enter manually to send an anonymous alert to users close to you.

Refusal of external support from Google and Apple!

It should be mentioned that Britain and France have rejected outside help from tech giants like Google and Apple, unlike Germany, which is based on the platform jointly developed by Apple and Google Alphabet Inc ..

While many have criticized the app citing privacy concerns, the French government has said it does not use location tracking and deletes user data after 14 days. After a long and intense debate over how user data will be used and protected, the app has been approved by lawmakers and the privacy watchdog. The application was developed by the StopCovid team under the supervision of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health and the Ministry of State for Digital Affairs.

At the time of writing, approximately 151,000 cases have been confirmed with 28,940 deaths and 68,812 recoveries.

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