COVID Alert: Quebec adopts the app

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After Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, it now falls to Quebec to encourage its population to download the COVID Alert.

While Quebec Premier François Legault wasn’t initially keen on the idea of making the app available in the province, he is now urging Quebecers to download it in order to help slow down the steep increase in COVID-19 cases observed throughout the province over the last few weeks.

“The app will only really help us if many people choose to activate it,” Legault said Monday evening at a press conference. “If you want to make a difference and return to a more normal life, please reduce your contacts and activate the COVID app.”

After being asked to address concerns about user privacy, Minister for Digital Transformation Éric Caire, who was charged with studying the app, assured the it is secure and does not collect personal information on people.

The COVID Alert app:

  • notifies you if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • refers you to the relevant information concerning the steps to follow after you receive the exposure notification;
  • informs other app users when they have been close to a person who has reported testing positive to COVID-19 through the app, anonymously and without sharing personal information.

The COVID Alert app does not:

  • access, collect or archive your personal information  or information on your health status;
  • use the GPS on your device and cannot determine your location or any other personal information.

For more information about COVID Alert and to download it, click here.

Apple App Store: click here
Google Play: click here

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