The Thai Government has announced that it will launch a covid-19 tracking application tomorrow while assuring citizens that their data will be protected.
“ThaiChana” (or “Thai Victory”) will be available from tomorrow with all business owners across the country being advised to download and register on the app.
Once a business owner has registered on the app, they will receive a QR code which they need to print and place on the front door or entrance to their business.
When customers want to enter the premises, they will need to scan the QR code using their smartphones and “check-in” to the place of business. When they leave the can “check-out” to tell the app they are no longer on the premises.
Authorities claim the system will only gather the phone numbers of people who scan the QR code and the system is designed to assist businesses with tallying the number of people in the place at any one time and on a daily basis.
The app will also encourage users to “rate” the business upon checking out including information about whether there were proper measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus if there was social distancing in place, and the availability of sanitizing gel.
When a new patient is reported as having caught covid-19, a text message will be sent to everyone who registered at locations where that person had been, encouraging them to get a covid-19 test.
In regards to concerns of privacy, Dr. Polawat Witoolkollachit, General Inspector of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society said:
“The information will be kept by the Department of Disease Control and will be used for disease control purposes only.”
The use of the app will coincide with shopping malls and larger businesses reopening on Sunday, May 17th.
Source: The Nation