Spain to launch COVID-19 app twice as effective as human tracers in pilot

Spain to launch COVID-19 app twice as effective as human tracers in pilot

Spain plans to roll out a coronavirus tracing app that it has found to detect almost twice as many infections as human tracers in simulated pilot tests.

Spain used a new system developed by Google and Apple which holds data on individual devices to ensure privacy, to build a Bluetooth-based app.

“The app sees more than we see because we only remember contacts with people we know, but the app also remembers contacts with strangers. It is anonymous and much less intrusive than receiving a call from someone who wants to reconstruct everything you have done for the past 15 days,” Carme Artigas, head of the state digital and artificial intelligence unit said.

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