When a new covid case is announced, it seems to take forever for a list of the venues of concern to be announced.
Days later the venue of concern is announced – did I visit on that day? Was I there at that time?
A new service called Covid Hotspot Alert sends text alerts to your mobile if you’ve visited a covid hotspot.
This happens within minutes of NSW Health announcing a location as an exposure site.
Hotspot Alert works by matching customer spending and covid exposure sites to notify users who have been at a venue of concern.
It is a free service created by Adatree and is made possible by the Consumer Data Right – a heavily regulated data-sharing regime which gives consumers control and ownership of their own data.
Covid Hotspot Alert is currently in its public beta phase and users can join the waitlist via the website. Once accepted, they will receive an email link to a consent registration form which grants Adatree access to use their data only for the purpose of receiving hotspot alerts. Customers can revoke their consent at any time if they choose to do so. Once registered, users will only receive a text message when somewhere they have made a card purchase is deemed a venue of concern.
The Hotspot Alert is complementary to the Government QR code check-in system and does not replace it.
To sign up to the Covid Hotspot Alert waitlist, visit here – opens in new tab
UPDATE: 12 new covid cases in Northern Rivers: none in Kyogle or Richmond Valley