Google and Apple's COVID-19 tracing system

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The Government has promised that a Covid-19 contact-tracing app will be available in less than a fortnight.

The announcement comes as the Australian Government launched its own voluntary app, designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 through an early notification system.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said in recent weeks that technology would be part of the answer to speeding up contact tracing.

New data from Horizon Research found that 73 per cent of New Zealanders surveyed support personal mobile data being used for Covid-19 tracking.

This is what the Australian COVIDSafe App looks like

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday launched the COVIDSafe app – an app he said will “save lives and save livelihoods”.

The app is voluntary but Morrison is encouraging everyone in Australia to download it.

Once downloaded, the app requests the user’s phone number, name, age-range and postcode.

It then connects to other phones which also have the app and records anyone who the user has been in close proximity to for more than 15 minutes.

If anyone in this category tests positive, the user will receive a notification, letting them know they have been in contact with someone with Covid-19.


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