The Women’s Sector Lobbyist, Rachel Powell was part of a human rights advisory group on a Covid-19 track and trace application. The Northern Ireland ‘StopCOVID NI’ free smartphone app helps to speed up the process to identify people at risk of catching the virus, and slow down its spread. Using the app along with existing public health measures will help you stay safe when meeting up, socialising, working or travelling.
It uses the Google and Apple interface to access Bluetooth and anonymously record other nearby phones. If a user has a positive test for COVID an alert is sent to all other users. Their app then runs a probability check to determine whether there is any risk to the user, and if relevant provides advice to self-isolate.
The app does not capture geographic location, holds no personally identifiable information, deletes data when it is no longer required and has no hidden features to track citizens.
You can download the app from the app store on your smartphone.