COVID-19: Federal government wants British Columbia to allow contract tracking app

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A COVID alert then notifies other users of the app who may have been in close contact with that person for at least 15 minutes.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada supports the use of the app, noting that it does not track a user’s location or collect personally identifiable information.

So far, 3.5 million Canadians have downloaded the app in participating provinces.

Since July, 800 people have seized their one-time key to notify people.

In a statement released Wednesday, the British Columbia Ministry of Health told Postmedia News that “work is underway with our federal partners to get the COVID enforcement active here in British Columbia as we ensure that which it meets the needs that we have here in British Columbia to complement our contacts. trace. ”

On September 24, provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said his team was working with the federal government to “make adjustments that will meet our needs.”

“Some of the adjustments they made to Ontario are helpful to us. I’m not sure when exactly, but I do know that we’re on the to-do list for a while in the coming weeks. And I will say with the caveat that as long as it can meet the needs that we have, to complement what we are doing in our contact search here, ”Henry said.

Last month, Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, told a panel of experts that Canada needs to work hard to make sure people were aware of the application.

In particular, the government needed to show Canadians that the app would not invade their privacy.

Last week, Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien praised the app. However, he added that federal privacy law did not apply to the app.

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– with files from Bloomberg

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