I just had this checked out by a very trusted associate and friend of this site. This is the Google app. You have to have Bluetooth on for it to work, and it exchanges random codes with other phones nearby that have Bluetooth on with this app. There is NO WAY it can track you. This app is safe to use, and is not Orwellian and it was thoroughly looked at by a world class libertarian minded hacker. Only you will know if you are exposed and it will not tell you by who or where.
it only updates once a day, so you shouldn’t even be able to guess if you are moving around like normal
COVID Alert does not use GPS or track your location.
It has no way of knowing:
Your name or address.
Your phone’s contacts.
Your health information.
The health information of anyone you’re near.
So I am please to update this post with information that is conforting. There was indeed a data base driven app the Canadian govenment did try and push and it really was Orwellian. This Google one is not.
Just received this by TXT:
This is a message from the Government of Canada.
Help protect yourself and your community. Download the COVID Alert app for free to help stop the spread of the virus.
The COVID Alert app lets users know if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Available now in the App Store and Google Play.
For more information, contact 1-833-784-4397.
[Carrier] does not have any responsibility or liability for the COVID Alert app.
This seems like a good time to remind Canadians that Justin Trudeau asked all banks to submit all financial transactions of any kind including ATM cash withdrawals, of 500.000 Canadians without their knowledge or consent, to the government WITH the name and address of the account holders. In other words, this wasn’t metadata to see how Canadians handle money, but to see what YOU do with YOUR money. All purchases, everything. So getting an app made by the same government that tracks your every movement and compares it to the movements of all other people with phones (everyone) you may be near, seems a trifle Orwellian to be good for your mental or physical health. Far, FAR worse than the chances of COVID.