Radar COVID, the contact tracking application launched by the Government to bring the pandemic under national control, is gradually continuing to expand. Today is news for two reasons: this morning, Nadia Calviño announced that tests for interoperability with apps from other European countries will begin in mid-October, and now, the source code has just been released.
It has been the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence that, through a tweethas reported that COVID Radar code is now publicThis is something that has long been requested by more than 200 academics and experts.
More transparency and fewer errors in the app
Last week, with the technical implementation of Radar COVID completed in ten Autonomous Communities, SEDIA (State Secretariat for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence) announced that the source code release would occur on September 9th. And since what was promised is debt, they have just confirmed that the code is already public.
This step is important not only in terms of transparency so that the application performance can be audited, but also so that any developer can report potential errors in the app code. In addition, as SEDIA has said, now all citizens can check that Radar COVID does not collect or use any personal data, something that had generated doubts among some users.
The code of #RadarCOVID is now public so that anyone can check how the app works and that there is no collection or use of personal data
🏷️ License: Mozilla Public License 2.0
– S.E. Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (@SEDIAgob) September 9, 2020
The source code has been published under the license Mozilla Public License 2.0 (the same one used by the DP3T project) and it is possible to access it through this link on Github. There we can find the repository with the name and logo of Radar COVID, as well as dedicated sections for the iOS version, the Android version, the DP-3T protocol and the servers. The Government ensures that successive updates will be published as new versions of the application become available.
Let’s remember that Radar COVID uses the Apple and Google APIThe technical requirements have been set by both companies: Google established that it will work on any Android with Google Play Services and version 6.0 or higher, while Apple requires iOS 13.5 or higher.
To date, according to data communicated by the Government, Radar Covid has been downloaded by more than 3.4 million Spaniards and is available at a total of 13 Autonomous CommunitiesThis way, it reaches almost 70% of the population: Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and Leon, Extremadura, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre and recently the Community of Valencia.
More information : SEDIA