Cyber Security Specialist and Systems Analyst Yayra Kaku has described the COVID-19 tracking App launched over last weekend by the Vice President as useless and not fit for purpose. According to him, the Application does not even know the kind of data, it’s required to collect, from all who sign up unto the platform.
Speaking on Happy 98.9FM’s ‘Epa Ho Daben’ he said “when I heard the government was launching the App, I was happy and as Systems Analyst, I wanted to investigate and test the App but after logging in and going through registrations process, I realized the App was utterly useless and could in no way help in contact tracing”.
Kaku said, “I denied the App access to my location, and expected it to prevent me from continuing my registration. I became worried when it did not, because it should have prevented me from doing so”. I entered a fake telephone number with a sequence of 2’s and entered Gh.gn as my e-mail address but was able to complete the registration process when it shouldn’t be possible in the first place.
He disclosed that an App of such nature should be able have and identify accurate data to function properly and that the inability of the COVID-19 tracking App to distinguish fake from real pointed to his earlier assertion of it being useless. “There are a lot of challenges with the App, it’s not doing a lot of things it’s expected to do”.
The IT Specialist refuted the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawuma’s claim of the development of the App making Ghana better than most developed countries. He indicated that technology giants Apple and Google were already working on such an App which was going to be free and asked. “Why rush and waste money when these tech giants are already working on such an Apple”?
Ghana has launched an Internet Software Applications to help people with symptoms of of the new Corona virus to verify their without necessarily visiting testing centres. The App named GH COVID-19 TRACKER is to help in terms country’so fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.