This project was initiated by scientists from the Tübingen AI Centre at the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems as well as medical scientists from the University Hospital Tübingen.
The project is led by Prof. Dr. Matthias Bethge, Dr. Wieland Brendel (contact person), Alex Diehl und Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf. The project was actively supported by Saskia Biskup, Lauritz Fenselau, Matthias Tangemann, Oliver Kohlbacher, Matthias Kümmerer, Jan Kristof Lipp, Nisar Malek and many others.
With this project we want to collect urgently needed data on COVID-19 as quickly and efficiently as possible and support medical and scientific studies in this area. The app serves as a platform to answer as many questions as possible. These include among others
We share the information only with European-based public health organisations, governments, academic research or health care institutions or non-profit organisations and only under the strict privacy policies of the GDPR. The data may only be used for research and analysis projects directly related to COVID-19. Your optional email address — the only information directly related to you — will not be shared with partner institutions. We do not allow usage of the data for commercial purposes.
The Corona-Datenspende App automatically collects vital sign data from fitness watches and smartphones in order to infer rough statistics about the wearer's state of health and thus the spread of COVID-19. In contrast, CoroNotes does not collect any background data but only stores the answers to the health questions actively entered by the user. This allows us to collect more detailed symptomatic data and to identify early indicators for severe disease progression.
In contrast to tracing apps CoroNotes does not collect any data about location, movement or contacts of the user. It cannot be used to trace potential contacts with infected people.
We take data security very seriously and enforce best practices to ensure your data is protected. This doesn't mean that there is no risk but we have taken every precaution to minimise that for you.
No. The app was developed by the Tübingen AI Centre, a BMBF-funded national competence centre for machine learning. The Competence Centre is supported by the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Tübingen and is a publicly funded non-profit research association.The app is and always will be free, and any data you provide will not be used for commercial purposes.
We will be seeking grants and donations for the further development of this app and to cover the costs of the service.
If you would like us to stop processing your personal data, just go to settings. Tap on the button “delete my data” and confirm with a five-digit code displayed on the screen. You may also write an email to email@example.com, but we need your personal ID or your recovery email to identify you.
We developed this not for profit app in a very short time window and we surely weren’t able to spot and fix all bugs. We welcome any and all feedback about our app in the relevant app store, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bear with us as we resolve these issues.
The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer needed for COVID-19 research.
The app only collects and transmits your answers to our questions as well as a random sequence of digits (your personal ID), from which it is not possible to draw conclusions about your person. We do not collect any other background information such as your location or device information. We reserve the right to collect data about the usage of the app (e.g. in which screens the back button is clicked) in the future to improve the usage of the app.
You can see your ID at any time in the app by pressing “ID” in the bottom left corner of the app. If you cannot access the app, you can use the email you optionally provided at the registration to recover your ID. If you did not provide a recovery email and you don’t have access to the app, then there is unfortunately no way we can recover your login. This restriction is an unavoidable downside of complete anonymization, which the app offers you. Please start with a new ID in this case.
We have not yet been able to support this feature in the app but are planning to do so in a future release. Until then, if you have the consent from an adult relative or friend without app access, please install the app on a separate smartphone and enter the information on their behalf.
No, the app does not contain trackers. CoroNotes only sends data to our database and does not transmit data to any other service or provider.
No. Amazon provides the infrastructure, but has (a) no access to the encrypted database and (b) no legal rights to store user data for its own purposes or to merge it with other data.
CoroNotes requires virtually no permission or access rights (other than internet access) and therefore cannot access contacts, messages, GPS data or other sensors. The app only requires camera access in the case that participants of a medical study want to register the code provided to them at registration at the study. At this point users are explicitly asked for their permission. This permission can be revoked without limiting the use of the rest of the app. If future studies should investigate medical questions that could only be answered with the help of camera or audio data, an explicit access authorization will be requested.
No. On the device itself only the ID is stored in a protected encrypted storage, all other data is transmitted through an encrypted connection between the mobile phone and the (encrypted) central database.
No, because it does not use SQL.
CoroNotes does not automatically get access to the camera upon installation. The app only requires camera access in the case that participants of a medical study want to register the code provided to them at registration at the study. At this point users are explicitly asked for their permission. This permission can be revoked without limiting the use of the rest of the app. If future studies should investigate medical questions that could only be answered with the help of camera or audio data, an explicit access authorization will be requested.
The free app is available in GooglePlay. A release in the Apple App Store will follow shortly.