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MorChana app will not reveal personal info, promises DES minister

Jan 08. 2021
Buddhipongse Punnakanta
Buddhipongse Punnakanta
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By The Nation

The MorChana smartphone application will only track the movements of each individual and not make their personal information public, the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said on Friday.

He said the application had be designed specifically to protect people’s data, for instance, it only displays a computer code instead of the user’s name.

He added that only the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Disease Control has access to the data, adding that the app aims to raise an alarm if users enter a high-risk area.

Also read: Govt prescribes MorChana app as weapon against virus second wave

The minister also said that if everyone in a restaurant or crowded areas use the app, they will know immediately if a high-risk person has been in the area over the past 14 days.

He also said the app will help shop operators protect themselves by marking customers safe.

Only a few steps are needed to register, he said, adding that the actual image of the user is only required when travelling between provinces.

He said the MorChana app was an option for people with smartphones, adding that those who don’t have a smartphone can still record their movements so the relevant agency can key it into the system.

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