Respect for privacy, one of the keys to Radar Covid

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What data does the application collect?

Radar Covid does not record any personal data of the user who downloads it. No name, no phone number, no age, no address, no email, no location. Likewise, the application promises that all the information is collected on the phone, which makes it impossible to share it, under any circumstances, with any third party.

How does it work?

The application is based on a tool recently developed by Apple and Google that allows two terminals to share information through the Bluetooth connection. Thus, when two people have downloaded the application and spend more than 15 minutes at a distance of 1.5 meters, the “smartphones” share passwords. In the event that either of you is diagnosed as positive for Covid-19, your doctor will give you a random alphanumeric key that you will have to enter in the “app” to notify the people you have been with in the last 14 days of exposure to the virus.

Will anyone know that I have tested positive?

By not collecting personal data of any kind, the application completely ignores the identity of the person communicating the positive. In this way, the only thing that people who have been exposed receive is a message in which they are alerted to the situation so that they can take the measures recommended by the authorities and undergo the relevant tests.

When will it be available?

The Government expects that the application will be fully functional from mid-September throughout the national territory. At this time, work is being done to adapt the “app” to the health systems of the autonomous communities, which has slowed down the arrival of the application throughout the country. In the Canary Islands the “app” is already working, but due to technical complications it only saves contacts that occur in a maximum of seven days.

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