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Potential privacy threat to Android owners using COVID exposure notification app won’t be fixed until ‘later in the third quarter’

By Aidan Chamandy      

The exposure notification app launched July 31 in Ontario and will be available to residents of other provinces later.

Commissioner Therrien at a Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence meeting on April 29, 2019. Mr. Therrien released his review of the app shortly after it launched, noting that he will use it. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Despite its Canadian launch, Google says it still doesn’t have a fix ready for a national COVID-19 exposure notification app that could force some Android phone users to reveal their location data to the company and other third-party apps. However, the company says its updated Android 11 operating system, set for release sometime before the fall will fix an issue that the Canadian Digital Service says it’s been in contact with the company about.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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