New digital tool assesses contact tracing apps

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“People are far less likely to voluntarily download a CT app on their phone due to fears of surveillance. However, the wide adoption of a CT app by the world’s population is necessary to have a meaningful impact in the fight against COVID-19.”

Anwar Haque, Computer Science Professor, Western University

New digital tool assesses contact tracing apps

To evaluate the effectiveness and privacy thresholds of mobile tracing apps, Western University computer scientists are creating a digital tool to assess the near-endless stream of these programs.

The scientists are generating a privacy score for each, by comparing each feature against the standard principles taken from Canada’s federal privacy laws and the internationally agreed upon privacy guidelines from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The digital tool will inform national and provincial policymakers as they choose the best apps to help protect Canadians against COVID-19.

For more information, visit Western University.