Ireland to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app for COVID-19

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s government is to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app to alert users if someone they have been in contact with develops COVID-19, its health service said on Sunday, two weeks before the pandemic is expected to peak in the country. “This is a cross-government effort in relation to a very important piece of technology in fighting COVID-19,” HSE head of communications Paul Connors told journalists, adding that the app will also allow users to share health data with the authorities. A number of countries are developing mobile-phone based technologies phone-tracking apps to help track the virus, prompting criticism from data privacy activists. The HSE said it was working with the Irish data protection agency to approve the app. Ireland has so far reported a total of 2,415 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 36 deaths.

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