The Quebec government is exploring potentially using contact-tracing apps to monitor which citizens are COVID-19 positive and where they’ve gone.
According to the government, the mobile application would help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, by informing citizens anonymously if they’ve been in contact with an infected person.
Quebec is gauging the public’s interest by launching an online consultation.
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Quebecers would be asked to voluntarily install the mobile app and the effectiveness will depend on the public’s level of interest and involvement. It would be possible to temporarily deactivate or delete the app at any time, as per the government.
The free mobile app would exclude any form of GPS geolocation and would not exchange any personal information, says the government.
To gauge Quebecer’s interest, the questionnaire asks a range of questions, including if citizens are confident in the effectiveness of using such technologies to prevent the spread of the virus.
To participate in the consultation, you need to create a quick profile and sign in. You can find more information here.