Experts claim COVID-19 contact tracing app shuts out older/marginalized Canadians

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The federal government’s free COVID-19 contact tracing app is coming under fire over potential accessibility concerns.

“COVID Alert”, which was released Friday, aims to let you know if you’ve recently come near the phones of people who have tested positive for the virus.

However, the app has been designed for Apple and Android phones made in the last five years, and with newer operating systems.

Thus, experts argue that it could be shutting out people who are older, marginalized or of a lower income bracket.

Christopher Parsons of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy posits that the app will need 65 to 80 per cent of Canadians to participate.  Parsons says that with current accessibility problems, that will be impossible.

Marit Stiles, MPP for Toronto’s Davenport riding, has a similar message.  She says her parents haven’t been able to use the app.

The federal government has yet to say whether they’ll address these concerns in a future update.

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