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COVID-19 Alert App

The COVID-19 app is a notification system and it is not a contact tracing app. There is no way for it to be used to ‘spy’ on you.

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The COVID-19 app is a notification system and it is not a contact tracing app. There is no way for it to be used to ‘spy’ on you.

Jan Vermeulen, Tech journalist, and Murray Hunter, data privacy researcher, explained that the app does not collect any personal data.

“The app is based on the exact same technology that's being rolled out elsewhere in the world.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged South African citizens to download the app, during his address on Thursday.

However, many people are concerned that this app will be misused, and data might be leaked.

Citizens are not to worry, because they are not required to enter their personal information into the app.

The app is designed to detect whether you have been near an infected person.

It is a COVID-19 exposure notification system that uses Bluetooth technology instead of GPS tracking.

Using Bluetooth technology, the app will alert any user if they have been in close contact with any other user who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

The app is completely anonymous and there is no way for users to trace back who tested positive for the virus.

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