The Government of Quebec wants your help deciding whether they should develop a contact-tracing app to track and contain the spread of COVID-19.

It would work by using smartphone data to inform users if they've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus.

Participation is an important condition for the application to work.

Éric Caire, the Minister for government digital transformation

To gauge the public's appetite for such an app, the provincial government is asking residents to fill out a survey, which was announced by Éric Caire, the Minister for government digital transformation on July 8.

Similar apps are being rolled out in other jurisdictions across the country but Caire explained that they're raising privacy concerns as they usually ask the user to disclose personal information.

Quebec's free app has been designed with privacy in mind, he said, as would not collect any geolocation data by GPS or any personal information. In addition, it can be deactivated or deleted at any time.  

The survey is available until August 2, decisions about the app will be made afterwards.

Via Éric Caire

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