26 May 2020

Government Covid-19 tracing app slammed as inaccessible

From Morning Report, 7:26 am on 26 May 2020

Blind people are slamming the Government for releasing a contact tracing app they can't use.

They say the Covid Tracer app launched six days ago lacks even the most basic functions to let low vision people know where a QR Code poster is, and whether they've scanned in or not.

The ministry defends itself by saying a blind IT expert praised the app - but that same expert says he also told health officials three times that it is unusable.

RNZ's Phil Pennington reports.