The Ministry continues to be encouraged by the number of Kiwis who have downloaded NZ COVID Tracer – we have now recorded 240,000 registrations.
We want as many people as possible to download the app – it will help us identify, trace, test and isolate any cases of COVID-19. The faster we can do these steps the less likely it is the virus can spread in our communities.
It is also really important that businesses are going through the steps to get their unique QR code that people can use to record having been there. We have now recorded 6,800 QR codes generated by businesses.
The Ministry has now published a draft data standard and supporting specifications for NZ COVID Tracer. These will support developers of other contact tracing apps to use the NZ COVID Tracer QR codes.
This means there will be no need for people to see multiple QR codes at one location, provided other apps choose to adopt the NZ COVID Tracer standard.
The Ministry has already been in touch with the software vendors we engaged with on the standard and specifications to direct them to the published documents, which are available on our website
Yesterday some New Zealanders were having trouble locating the app in the Google Play Store – the Ministry has worked with Google to ensure the app can be found more easily.
Updates to the app went out last night which included fixes for bugs that are very normal for any new app to have when it is first released.
And just to be clear on privacy:
The personal information and contact details you provide through the app will only be used to get in touch if you are identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case.
Any information about the locations you sign into is stored securely on your phone and is not shared with contact tracers unless you choose to do so.
In either case, the personal information you share with us is held for public health purposes only and will never be used for enforcement.