There were messages on the Web about testing by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation (Ministry of Digital Industry of Russia) a mobile application with the working title “Stopcoronavirus. My Contacts ”, designed to track social contacts of Russians in order to prevent coronavirus diseases. This information was confirmed by Maksut Shadayev, the head of the Ministry of Finance.
The application was developed by the Russian Ministry of Digital Science together with the Moscow government, as well as “in partnership with Apple and Google“. It is expected to hit the App Store and Google Play soon.
The head of the Ministry of Digital Affairs said that the use of the application will be “completely anonymous and secure“. “No registration required – just install and activate it. At the same time, installing the application, as well as informing about the fact of the disease, is voluntary, but the more users install it, the wider the coverage will be.“, – he noted.
According to the video presentation, after installing the application, the phone will scan the user’s environment within a radius of up to ten meters. All contacts will be recorded anonymously on his device. In case of illness, the user will have to report this in the application. At the same time, he will have to enter a special code, which he will be provided with when passing a positive test for coronavirus. This will avoid false notifications. After that, people who contacted him will receive a notification through the application about the possible risk of illness.
All information will be anonymous. After two weeks, it will be automatically deleted.
As stated in the presentation, the application “takes care not only of your health, but also of personal data, does not collect or give away any personal information“.
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