This app is being brought to you by the Government of Alberta.
This app is intended for ages 14+.
Some of the key benefits of this app are to:
• Augment our current contact tracing efforts to provide guidance and care to those who are or may be infected
• Help keep Albertans safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19 through more individuals self-isolating earlier
The app is most effective if it reaches a strong penetration of usage among Albertans, which means the more people that use the app, the better the app works.
Once a user registers their phone number with the app, the app uses bluetooth to log contact with other individuals who have the app when that contact is within approximately 2 meters. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they will be contacted by an Alberta Health Service Contact Tracer, and asked to voluntarily upload their data to Alberta Health Services so that anyone the user came into close contact with over the previous 14 days can be notified.
Geolocation data is not collected by the app or by Alberta Health Services. The Bluetooth exchange ID log data collected is stored locally in your phone in an encrypted form. This data will not be accessed by Alberta Health Services unless and until you choose to upload it as a result of being diagnosed with COVID-19. Mobile numbers or any other personal information are not revealed to other app users.
AB TraceTogether is intended to be used for case and contact tracing to identify possible exposures to COVID-19. It is not intended for use in the diagnosis, or treatment of COVID-19. Individuals should be vigilant and follow public health guidelines and recommendations. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms should complete the online self-assessment athttps://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx or contact Health Link by calling 811.
Use of this mobile application, and use of the information accessed by it, is your responsibility. This application is provided ‘as is,' without warranty or representation of any kind including the use, accuracy, timelines, applicability, performance, security, availability or reliability of this application, or that it is free of errors or defects. The Government of Alberta is not responsible for any loss or damage, including but not limited to property damage, personal injury or death, arising from the use or non-use of this mobile application, any reliance on the information accessed by it, or any failure to access information through this mobile application. The Government of Alberta is not responsible for any damage to your mobile device or its operating system, or for any loss of or corruption of data, resulting from the downloading of this application.
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This software doesn’t seem to use the Apple/Google joint developed contact tracing API. That software is designed to run at the system level, and would log random identifier strings of nearby Bluetooth devices passively.
On iOS, ABTraceTogether explicitly requires you to leave the application in foreground, and disables display sleep. I believe this will limit its effectiveness.
As far as the on-boarding process. It asks for your phone number, then texts you a confirmation code to enter. Then asks for permission to use Bluetooth and Push Notifications. This all seems reasonable for what the app is trying to do.
Perhaps the app will be updated later in May to take advantage of the system contact tracing API? That would be an improvement.
Is Not Working Majority of Time
Currently, in order to actually work, this app needs to be left open in the foreground (you can’t start using any other apps on your phone, or that disables this one from working until you go back to it). That means forget texting, making calls, using maps, looking something up on the web, or checking your email while you are out and about - otherwise this app stops functioning while you are doing that. On top of that, your phone needs to be open and unlocked the entire time - because this app doesn’t work from the lock screen either. Considering how frequently people need to use other apps, and how often everyone relies on being able to actually use their phone, this contact tracer is realistically only going to be active and working a small fraction of the time (at best). These are huge oversights, and obviously all these issues need to get fixed ASAP before this app can begin to serve its core function of contact tracing COVID-19 and keeping people safe. In its current state I’m going to rate this app 0 stars for effectiveness, 1 star for being better than nothing, and 1 more star to encourage the developers and the government to do better as soon as possible.
Signed up but....
Apparently for the app to run properly the app needs to stay on. They recommend leaving the app open and active when you are out. Not really sure why Alberta went and developed their own back end for this when Apple and Google are releasing their joint APIs that will run constantly and in the background.
- Government Of The Province Of Alberta
- 17 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © 2020 Government of Alberta
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.