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New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to 'radically’ change PH contact tracing system

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong plans to bring his tested contact tracing strategy nationwide as he trains more tracers in interviewing and using a new digital 'contract tracing e-system'

INVESTIGATOR. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong is the Philippines' new tracing czar. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Tacloban City to launch COVID-19 contact tracing app

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:43 PM

City Administrator Aldrin Quebec says the Tacloban COVID-19 SCAN System will not only help the city government, but also commercial establishments in identifying people who are potentially exposed to the new virus

CONTACT TRACING APP. Tacloban City will launch its COVID-19 SCAN system on July 16, 2020. Screenshot from Tacloban City Information Office Facebook page

Bogus 'contact tracing' apps deployed to steal data – researchers

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:46 AM

The fake coronavirus apps are designed to 'steal banking credentials and personal data'

Qatar tracing app flaw exposed 1M users' data – Amnesty International

May 27, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Data exposed in the flaw includes users' ID numbers, location and infection status, vulnerable to hackers

CORONAVIRUS. A field hospital set up by Qatari authorities to treat people infected with the coronavirus Covid-19 is pictured here, dated May 11, 2020 in Doha. File photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar virus tracing app stirs rare privacy backlash

May 25, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Qatar's contact tracing app goes considerably further – it forces Android users to permit access to their picture and video galleries, while also allowing the app to make unprompted calls

QATAR'S APP TROUBLES. A man wearing a protective mask checks his phone as he walks by at Qatar's touristic Souq Waqif bazar in the capital Doha, on May 17, 2020. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Apple, Google launch contact tracing platform

May 21, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The two US firms say 22 countries have asked so far to use their platform, and they expect more to come on board in the coming weeks

How the Apple-Google exposure notification system plans to keep users anonymous

May 02, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Using constantly changing tracing keys and long, random numbers to track contact between phones, Apple and Google hope to keep users of the system from being personally identifiable

Nearly 2 million Australians download coronavirus tracker app

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Experts herald the COVIDSafe app as a way of improving authorities' ability to track new outbreaks of the disease

Contact tracing technology and the worries it holds

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Let’s discuss contact tracing apps and how using technology to track a pandemic's spread virtually can cause people to worry if the tech is being used properly

Contact tracing by smartphone: a key to reopening society?

Apr 15, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Contact tracing has some potential to lead to a more selective quarantine that does not require everyone to remain in place, but may also be open to trolling and privacy abuse

Government Technology Agency (GovTech) staff demonstrate Singapore's new contact-tracing smarthphone app called TraceTogether, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 20, 2020. - The mobile app using Bluetooth technology developed by GovTech in collaboration with the Ministry of Health informs user who had close contacts to confirmed coronavirus cases was launched in Singapore on 20. (Photo by Catherine LAI / AFP)

LIST: Coronavirus contact tracing apps in the Philippines

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Contact tracing apps emerge as possible solutions to making large-scale contact tracing possible but privacy advocates and experts also warn that they may become vessels of privacy abuse if left untended

COVCT. COVCT is among several contact tracing apps that have risen to help make contact tracing more efficient. Screenshot from COVCT/YouTube

PH gov’t now requires public disclosure of coronavirus patients’ identities

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says that this will strengthen the country’s contact tracing efforts

CONTACT TRACING. Shoppers buying necessities at a grocery store in Manila on March 12, 2020, before the lockdown in Luzon was declared. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler