Russia launches app to trace risks of contracting COVID-19

08:29, 24 November 2020
Russia launches app to trace risks of contracting COVID-19 Photo: Sergey Lantyukhov/

The Russian Ministry of Digital Development has officially launched the COVID tracker application, able to register people infected with coronavirus and send push notifications to healthy people who happened to be close to the sick in the past two weeks.

The app is already available for download in the App Store and Google Play. The explanation on the program's page says that it does not transfer any personal data of users and does not provide the names of the COVID-19 positive patient - only the date of the alleged contact with the sick.

You may have recently been very close to a person with COVID-19 but do not know about it yet. Install the app and check. Tell other users if you get sick yourself. Everything is anonymous! Nobody will know who got sick and where they are, says the description.

It notes that the users are identified through a key exchange via Bluetooth, so the application does not transmit personal data. It has data about keys, presence nearby for the last 14 days, and information about people who reported the disease.

If one of the users gets sick and tests positive for COVID-19, he reports this anonymously through the app, providing access only to his random keys for the last two weeks. Users with whom the sick person was next to in the previous 14 days will receive a push notification with the contact date, the ministry reports. reported earlier that COVID-19 vaccines would be included in the list of vital drugs.