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The new app, called COVID Alert, will warn users if they have been near someone who has tested positive

Residents of Ontario can now download a new app that can tell them whether they have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous two weeks.

But while government officials say the goal is to make the COVID Alert contact notification app available across the country and are in talks with other provinces, they can't state yet when it will be available outside Ontario.

They also haven't explained why only one province has agreed to adopt what was supposed to be a national app.

COVID Alert is the federal government's latest move in the battle to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Canada's economy gradually reopens.

Canadians can download the app to their mobile phones, which will use Bluetooth technology to exchange signals with nearby phones. If someone tests positive for COVID, their public health authority will give them a one-time key to enter into the app. The app will then send out notices to every phone that has been within two metres of the infected person's phone for at least 15 minutes over the previous 14 days — as long as those other phones also carry the app.

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

Officials say that the app will become more effective as more people download it — and they stress that it's a notification app, not a contact-tracing app.

App is voluntary
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has downloaded the app.

"I want to be clear — this app isn't mandatory," he told reporters. "It's completely voluntary to download and to use."

Other provinces, such as New Brunswick, have worked to develop their own apps.

Trudeau said the federal government is working with the Atlantic provinces to integrate their systems with the app.

While anyone across Canada can download the app, they will receive alerts only if they have been near someone who has tested positive in a province that has integrated the app with its testing system, and who has downloaded the app.

While the Android version requires users to turn on their location settings, officials maintain the app will not know a user's location, name or address. It also won't track exactly when the user was near someone who tested positive, or whether they are currently near someone who has tested positive.

For users of Apple devices, the app works on the iOS 13.5 operating system and newer systems. That means the app might not work on some older smartphones, and some users might have to upgrade their operating systems.

Officials said the government has been working with federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien's office to address any privacy concerns.

Therrien endorsed the app on Friday, saying that he plans to download it himself.

"Canadians can opt to use this technology, knowing it includes very significant privacy protections," he wrote in a statement.

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Patricia Kosseim agreed, saying her office's review found strong measures to protect privacy.

"I support the use of exposure notification technology to help control the spread of COVID-19, provided it is used in the way it's been designed to respect the privacy of Ontarians," said Kosseim. "This app will only work if people trust their personal information will be protected and choose to use the technology."

Therrien and Kosseim said, however, that their endorsements are conditioned on the app's use being voluntary and the government continuing to monitor it.
 

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如果不强制让大家都参加,这个APP有多大的用处?
 

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怎么用法?
 

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你的手机需要打开蓝牙,手机和附近的手机互相记录。。。如果有人测出阳性,而且良心发现上传了自己的one time key到server,server会通过app通知和他有过近距离接触(接触超过15分钟,距离2米以内)的手机。。。 浏览附件917111
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你的手机需要打开蓝牙,手机和附近的手机互相记录。。。如果有人测出阳性,而且良心发现上传了自己的one time key到server,server会通过app通知和他有过近距离接触的手机。。。 浏览附件917111 浏览附件917112
既然是民主国家,啥都不能强制,谁会那么nice的为别人着想自愿上传自己的信息?不明白哪个脑残想出的这种app,一点儿实用性都没有,还是某些人为了赚钱,想起当年那个花了无数钱的e medical system 了,怎么样了
 

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既然是民主国家,啥都不能强制,谁会那么nice的为别人着想自愿上传自己的信息?不明白哪个脑残想出的这种app,一点儿实用性都没有,还是某些人为了赚钱,想起当年那个花了无数钱的e medical system 了,怎么样了
民主国家注重隐私。。。你在这里和秘密情人幽会,不用担心有人从旅馆监控里调出录像,公布与众。。。

各有利弊吧。。。
 

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民主国家注重隐私。。。你在这里和秘密情人幽会,不用担心有人从旅馆监控里调出录像,公布与众。。。

各有利弊吧。。。
大家都知道民主国家注重隐私,那搞这么个app不是纯粹为了烧钱吗?
 

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pretty much useless 界面做的感觉是DOS时代。。。
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pretty much useless 界面做的感觉是DOS时代。。。
Health Canada you rock and roll , Dr Tam the super star
要是管用,DOS就DOS吧。

你要是不装app,碰上好心人测出阳性还上报,又和你有过接触,那还不是你自己的损失。

就怕它误报或者不报。。。希望不要接到alert!
 

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要是管用,DOS就DOS吧。

你要是不装app,碰上好心人测出阳性还上报,又和你有过接触,那还不是你自己的损失。

就怕它误报或者不报。。。希望不要接到alert!
为什么要人自己上报?这思路本来就有问题,完全可以在不公开患者信息的情况下让用户知道自己生活圈里和附近有患者,或者患者去过哪些地方。还有个自测功能,难免有吓破胆的觉得自己病了,结果自己一确定,又上传。。。。
 

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为什么要人自己上报?这思路本来就有问题,完全可以在不公开患者信息的情况下让用户知道自己生活圈里和附近有患者,或者患者去过哪些地方。还有个自测功能,难免有吓破胆的觉得自己病了,结果自己一确定,又上传。。。。
因为自愿安装app,所以自愿上报,主要是对那些不认识的人。

这个和其他的contact tracing手段不冲突。
 

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什么年代了,完全可以检测发现病人就自动通报所有接触者。
这个app设计者脑子有问题。
 
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