The new apphas just been launched in five autonomous communities such as Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura of the Government called "Asistencia COVID-19". It is a self-assessment application about the coronavirus that has a geolocation system, about which we are going to tell you what you need to know in this article.
The Executive has informed that this app is already operational in the communities that we have mentioned lines above and will be available both for Android and iOS devices.
The Spanish government hopes that thanks to this app, he alth care telephone numbers will be relieved, as it offers information on this pandemic that is plaguing the country, making it one of the most affected in the world by this disease.
This application launched by the Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, directly dependent on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Transformation whose owner is Nadia Calviño, requests access to geolocation system of the smartphone, so that the information it provides us is appropriate for the autonomous community in which we reside.
This measure has generated controversy, since it may lead to a certain intrusion into the privacy of the citizen.
As soon as the app is running, it will ask us for a series of identifying data and others related to our he alth in order to detect if we have symptoms of having coronavirus, but it also asks us for permission to geolocate our exact location using GPS, which has led many people to think that it is a way to control each individual even more.
The Government, for its part, ensures that all the data collected by the application is exclusive in order to better advise each person in order to better contain the disease, and that only he alth professionals and the relevant authorities will have access to those data. They also ensure that the data will only be kept while the he alth crisis of the coronavirus continues in force, and then said data will become anonymous and serve only as statistics for a maximum period of two years
There is no doubt that this tool that allows you to perform a self-diagnosis, recommendations and information, as well as reminding ourselves to do a self-check from time to time, can serve to help this disease that is costing so many lives in Spain.
The issue of geolocation and what they will do with that data may seem secondary today in the face of the enormous crisis we are experiencing, although that does not mean that we allow this pandemic not only to deplete us physically, but also in our rights as citizens.