Controversial StopCovid app now available in France

A woman uses a smartphone. The StopCovid app is now available in France on Apple and Android smartphones
The controversial StopCovid app is now available to download in France

The track and trace smartphone app StopCovid is now available to download on Apple and Android smartphones in France.

The long-debated app became available to download in France at midday today (June 2), on the Apple App Store and Google Play (the Google app store).

Junior minister for digital affairs, Cédric O, who has been managing the development of the app, said: “From midday on Tuesday (June 2), the public will be able to find the app and download it. We are currently pushing the app into the Apple and Google stores.”

The app is intended to help track and trace cases of Covid-19, by alerting people if and when they may be at risk of having been in contact with someone who has later been diagnosed.

It uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with other smartphones that are within one metre of another smartphone, and records if the two are ...

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