StaySafe contact-tracing app developer allays security concerns

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2020 10:11 AM

A woman checks her mobile device while at Manila's main airport in this photo taken on June 4, 2020. Multisys Technology Corp, developer of the state-backed StaySafe.PH contact tracing app, on Friday sought to allay cybersecurity concerns raised by some officials. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - Multisys Technology Corp, developer of the state-backed StaySafe.PH contact tracing app, said Friday the platform was created to save lives, as it sought to allay cybersecurity concerns raised by some officials. 

The app is "complying with data privacy" laws, has security layers in place and is free from spyware, said Multisys CEO and founder David Almirol Jr.

Resigned Department of Information and Communications Technology Usec. Eliseo Rio earlier said that the app was chosen by the coronavirus task force "without any technical vetting."

"There is no such thing, because the intention of the app is to save lives. We don’t even realize that anyone would like mention about spyware, basically its a very simple contact tracing but it has a complex back-end," Alimirol said. 

The app only collects mobile numbers used for sign ups, he said. Once migration is complete, the system and the data will be handed over to the government , he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday said the role of the developer was limited to the collection of information which will be stored with the Department of Health.

Global brands such as Apple and Google have also developed their own contact tracing platform to identify potential COVID-19 cases.