How does eRouška protect you and your surroundings?
eRouška is part of the Smart Quarantine (Chytrá karanténa) concept of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
If you met an infected person
If you meet someone who is later tested positive for COVID-19, the application will display an anonymous warning that you are in risk, and recommend you further steps to take. Maybe you were sitting near that person in a restaurant and do not know each other. Without eRouška, it would be impossible to warn you.
If you get infected
If you happen to be positive with COVID-19, the public health officer will send you a unique SMS code which will allow you to send your anonymous identifiers (keys) to other users's eRouška apps. In each of them, an algorithm evaluates whether your encounter was risky or not. If it was, they will receive a notification. Thanks to that, it is possible to warn people who you do not know personally – maybe you were only on the same bus. But they can then protect their family.
No one will know whose device sent the notification. See how eRouška works in a simple infographics.
How is eRouška different from other similar applications?
Opposite to other similar apps, eRouška does not collect information about your location. It only searches its environment for other eRouškas. The app does not require active internet connection. Thus it can work anywhere, even in a subway.
Would the other eRouška users learn my identity when I get infected?
If you get infected with Covid-19, your identity will only be known for the officers of your local public health office. Just like it has been by now. All the contacts that will be interpreted as critical based on your eRouška data, will be informed by the public health office, but they will not be told, where, when, and by whom they might have been infected. Your identity is protected.
Does it matter if I join and install the app? Does it make a difference?
The more users eRouška has, the stronger will be our network. This network will help to protect and warn each and every one of us. We collaborate with the government of the Czech Republic and other organisations in order to spread eRouška among as many people as possible. We also need your help! By installing the eRouška app, you can actively join the fight against the coronavirus.
Is my data protected? Who is the authority behind eRouška?
The app was developed by volunteers collaborating under the platform by several independent audits under the auspices of Ministry of Health. Data security is audited by a number of independent experts, by National Agency for Communication and Information Technologies.
Who designed and developed eRouška?
Many volunteers from the original team continue to work on the new version 2.0 based on Apple/Google protocol in the development team.
Do you have any further questions?
Are you interested in how eRouška works and on which phones? Or maybe what data you share with eRouška?