The Government has released its “digital diary” contact tracing app, Marc Daalder reports
New Zealand has finally released an app for contact tracing.
The app, called NZ COVID Tracer, was found on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store late on Tuesday evening.
It appears to allow users to scan QR codes to log the places they have visited. Newsroom reported on Monday that the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment has devised a system to grant unique QR codes to every business in the country, based on their New Zealand Business Numbers (NZBN).
An email address is required to use the app but no other information – including a name, phone number, date of birth, residential address and demographic information – is needed, although providing the first two details is “recommended”.
The app will eventually have a daily health check-in feature, which has already been quietly rolled out on the Government’s official WhatsApp channel.