Gov’t in ‘early stages’ of using cellphone data for COVID-19 tracking: Bains

Originally published by The Wire Report

The federal government is looking at what other jurisdictions are doing when it comes to using cellphone data to track the spread of COVID-19, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said.

“It’s still early stages and we’re engaged with a world class group of people across the country that are working on some early stage technology projects,” Bains told reporters, according to a transcript.

The Wire Report first reported in late March that a number of cities and provinces, as well as the federal government, were in discussions about launching apps that would use location data to track exposure to COVID-19.

Bains said Friday, according to a transcript, that the government hasn’t “made any final determination in terms of what we want to support and move forward with but we have incredible innovative companies across the country that are stepping up, thinking through these challenges and we’re engaged with them.”

He echoed comments Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made early on in the pandemic, repeating that “all options are on the table.”

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