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Current Contact Tracing Options Present Privacy Risks And Limited Adoption, Contact Harald Provides A Superior Alternative Solution

December 15, 2020 GMT
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MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Contact Harald, an Australian based technology company, announced today their ability to meet user privacy demands while providing effective contact tracing technology in the global efforts to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Harald utilizes Bluetooth technology, placed in a card worn on the body, to provide optimal contact tracing support, without the invasive requirement of a mobile phone app, unlike competitors in the space. The firmware in place on the card is designed to be always on, using smart battery technology to keep the card running for a continuous six months without recharging or replacing batteries. Contact Harald’s security team uses advanced cryptographic techniques embedded on the card to obscure location information, unlike most solutions in the market. By design, no PII (Personally Identifiable Information) data is kept on the card.

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According to recent AP reporting, few Americans are utilizing current contact tracing applications. A main drawback of other contact tracing technologies is the user requirement to interface with smartphone applications, which results in user privacy vulnerabilities.

“User participation is an essential component of effective contact tracing in our fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nick O’Halloran, Contact Harald’s CFO. “While other market options utilize Bluetooth technology and purport privacy protections, their required use of a smartphone app supersedes any actual ability to maintain user privacy with total confidence. Users understand that once an app is placed on a cell phone, no matter how private an app may claim to be, a gateway is created into one’s metadata and hacking vulnerabilities are presented. For these reasons, adoption has been slow to take hold of other contact tracing options.”

O’Halloran continued, “Contact Harald’s proprietary technology addresses user privacy concerns while providing superior contact tracing technology to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Contact Harald is also the easiest technology for a user to incorporate into their daily lives, with the need to simply wear the tracing card and turn it on once. If we do not provide simple and private solutions, we will never benefit from effective contact tracing. Contact Harald does just that.”

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About Contact Harald:

  • Contact Harald is a wearable, Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing card solution designed to allow businesses to safely return to work and comply with government regulations
  • Putting your privacy first by using only Bluetooth technology, Contact Harald removes the need for downloadable and geo-tracking phone applications
  • Businesses only need a Contact Harald card and basic employee information that’s already on file to get their workplaces COVID safe - going above existing WorkSafe protocols that are in place to protect your workforce and customers
  • Some of Contact Harald’s clients include New England College of Optometry, DPR Construction, Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, and more.

To learn more about Contact Harald’s approach and philosophy, visit Contact Harald and follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Ronica Cleary
Media & Press Relations
Ronica@ClearyStrategies.com

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