Singapore has launched a contact tracking smartphone app to help track new coronavirus contacts,media reported. The TraceAD app, developed by Singapore’s government technology agency and health department, detects other users within 2 meters by exchanging short-recorded Bluetooth signals between phones.
These records will be stored on the user’s mobile phone and will be accessed when required by the Department of Health.
However, information such as user location will not be accessed by the app, and the data stored in the app will be encrypted. Singapore executive Janil Puthuchaary told reporters that the project would protect privacy between users.
Although the app is used in a voluntary policy, the government says it will encourage people to download it. TraceAD’s features will be discontinued after the outbreak, according to the Apple App Store.