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Covid-19 Contact Tracing: Are All People Giving Correct Contact Details When Filling The Log Books outside Retail Shops?

Retail shops, takeaway outlets and other services cannot operate without physical contact or close proximity, as a result, they have been ordered to keep a contact tracing register for customers under the Government’s Covid-19 stage 4 preventive measures requirements.

By keeping a guest register of the customers who visit your business premise, you will be helping the health authorities by giving them ways to trace people in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of the virus. Contact tracing will allow the government to track outbreaks and the spread of the virus if needed. But not everyone is pleased about the prospect of revealing their personal information to strangers.

The big question is, are people giving accurate information that can help you trace them should there be a suspected or confirmed case?

This morning Biashara newspaper carried out a Facebook survey to hear what our readers have to say about the information they fill in the tracing registers. 

While some people reveal their true information, most people are not giving correct information in those registers. They do not leave their personal information in the logbooks designed for everyone entering the shop; they fear that their information could end up in the wrong hands. They put in fake information to reduce the risk of individuals obtaining personal data that should not be made available to them. It would have been much better if the tracing logbooks were arranged in a way that customers entering their details in the register cannot see anyone else’s information. By that way, they will feel safe to fill in their right information as they will be guaranteed that their information will end up with only those who need it. 

It’s clear that that the log sheets at the stores are not tracing accurate information which authorities and business owners want.

Better ways of contact tracing-ID scanner 

ID scanning is an instant and reliable way to gather personal information from your users, customers and clients. WinVille Technologies have developed a “Check-in” application which allows businesses or institutions to obtain the customer’s records by scanning their identity document, driver’s licenses, passports and student cards. By simply scanning the barcode on your identity document, this app instantly records the personal identifiable characters embedded in the code. If you run a hotel, hostel, holiday rental property, rural accommodation, campsite or rural hostel, Check-in Scan is your best tool.

This app does not only provide accurate information, it also creates a user-friendly workflow for better and efficient service. Data is extracted from identity documents and the database is filled in automatically and effortlessly (with no customer efforts).  The database can be centralized with only the Ministry of Health having access to or can be distributed and be accessed by relevant parties such as shop owners for data sharing with the Ministry.

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