Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly shows of the HSE/Department of Health Covid-19 tracing app on his phone yesterday
The CovidTracker Ireland app, which has been in development since late March at a cost of €850,000, went live on Monday night.
….it is the need for GPS location services to be enabled on phones using Google’s Android operating system in order for the app to work, a fact which only emerged after the application went live on Monday evening, that drew the most ire from privacy campaigners.
Android users currently represent roughly 39% of the Irish smartphone market, making it by some distance the dominant operating system here.
The HSE has stressed for two months that the app does not track location, with all elements of contact tracing operating under bluetooth ‘handshake’ functionality.
However, in order for the app’s exposure notification protocol to function on Android phones location services must be enabled so that a device’s bluetooth radio ‘beacons’ can be activated, with the app rendered useless without them.
The new app. has two Dublin locations: “North Country Dublin” and “South Country Dublin“. UK designers?
What a country.
Previously: Tracing App Report Card