COVIDSafe downloads reach 5 million as experts question technical flaws

5/05/2020 1:30:00 PM

Downloads are inching towards the target, but Labor and cyber security experts say the contact tracing technology was rolled out too hastily.

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COVIDSafe downloads are inching towards the target, but Labor and cyber security experts say the contact tracing technology was rolled out too hastily auspol

Downloads are inching towards the target, but Labor and cyber security experts say the contact tracing technology was rolled out too hastily.

, which account for more than half the smartphones in Australia," the former Labor leader said."I urge the government to quickly fix these user issues, remove the bugs and update the app to rebuild public trust for a meaningful health tracing tool."

AdvertisementMr Shorten also called on the government to set up a customer service hotline for the app, but said despite concerns Labor still supports the app and intends to wave though theto be put before Parliament in mid-May.LoadingLeading cyber security expert Professor Richard Buckland said the app's rollout had been rushed and unsafe.

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“a final data security agreement had not been struck between states and territories and the Commonwealth.....” in other words they havent got buy in by all the relevant HOD who will have a vested interest...🤬 More reason NOT to download it Who cares, just do it. Anyone on the Internet has already relinquished their privacy to a much greater degree.

Federal Labor proving they're irrelevant at the moment. And who will they be tracking, honestly

I'm a privacy expert - and I've downloaded COVIDSafeI would normally be among the first to join the barricades opposing the new COVIDSafe app, but all norms are out the window. 🥴🤪😊 Yeah, I'm a privacy expert as well...... And..... no. How much is the Government paying you for this piece?

Bec Judd shuts down COVIDSafe app sceptics on InstagramRebecca Judd has a very strong message for Australians who haven’t downloaded the app that could get the country out of lockdown. A wag is absolutely no endorsement! Jesus on a bicycle I’am so over this woman... I,for one, do not do anything until an Instagram influencer says it’s ok

Coronavirus live updates: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated the government will shift its focus from the health crisis to the economic one.Nearly five million Australians have now downloaded the COVIDSafe app, with the Prime Minister urging more to do the same. AusPol 9News Live updates: Bollocks Yes Scotty, i will bend over and spread my cheeks for au gov. If you had 5mill I'd think myself very lucky

People who don’t download COVIDSafe the new anti-vaxxersCOMMENT: Look out Australia, there’s a new breed of delusional idiot in town – the anti-appers, who like anti-vaxxers before them are putting us all at risk. 'If you oppose sweeping government surveillance then you must love diseases' So we're up to that point are we? Cool. Coolcoolcool. They're really laying it on thick now.

Coronavirus live updates: Fines of $63,000, five years jail for COVIDSafe breaches; Latrell Mitchell tested for COVID-19; Newmarch death toll climbs; New Zealand records no new casesAustralians are being urged to download the COVIDSafe app as coronavirus cases decline, in order for the government to relax restrictions. 9News Government n media working hand in hand once again ...'do this or the restrictions will stay....'you want to go to the pub or enjoy footy again then download this!' pass I have downloaded covidsafe. I don't really trust the government but moving towards easing restrictions is the way we must head The UK, Sweden, US and soon India use a 'Symptom Tracker' rather than a 'People Tracker' App which seems more privacy friendly.

Govt 'emotionally blackmailing' Australians to download CovidSafe app | Sky News AustraliaMany Australians have not taken kindly to the government's 'disgusting and demeaning' messaging on its CovidSAFE app, according to Sky News contributor Daisy Cousens.\n\nUsing Bluetooth, the app traces prolonged contact of other users within range for 21 days allowing health authorities to quickly contact people who have been in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.\n\nThe government argues this process will streamline the process of finding contacts who have been exposed to the coronavirus, reducing the time the disease has to spread throughout the community.\n\nPrime Minister Scott Morrison has previously suggested the app needs at least 40 per cent community buy-in for it to be effective and has ruled out making the service mandatory.\n\nHowever, the government has been increasingly linking the lifting of stringent COVID-19 restrictions to the number of Australians who download the app, with Health Minister Greg Hunt tweeting last week: 'Want to go to the footy? Download the app.'\n\nMs Cousens told Sky News the government is attempting to 'emotionally blackmail' Australians.\n\n'Australians are being emotionally blackmailed into allowing the government to trace their contacts, which is a massive deal ... on pain on being effective house arrest,' she said.\n\n'I would actually respect the government more if they bit the bullet and made it mandatory, then at least they would be honest in their intentions.'\n\nImage: Getty They have similar app in India and its useful to track corona cases near you. It’s your right to say no. We won’t be blackmailed!

does not properly work on iPhones , which account for more than half the smartphones in Australia," the former Labor leader said.Larger text size Very large text size As a privacy professional, I would normally be among the first to join the barricades opposing the new COVIDSafe app, which helps alert people who have come into contact with a COVID-19 case.COVIDSafe, a contact tracing mobile app which can help alert others who have come into contact with those who have contracted coronavirus, was launched by the Federal Government recently.Stuart Marsh 04:53 The Commissioner of the COVID-19 Coordination Committee, Nev Power, has told businesses and workplaces that its's time to have plans in place for employees returning to work.

"I urge the government to quickly fix these user issues, remove the bugs and update the app to rebuild public trust for a meaningful health tracing tool." Advertisement Mr Shorten also called on the government to set up a customer service hotline for the app, but said despite concerns Labor still supports the app and intends to wave though the to be put before Parliament in mid-May. And the norms are out the window. Loading Leading cyber security expert Professor Richard Buckland said the app's rollout had been rushed and unsafe. Now, AFL WAG and mum-of-four, Judd addressed those who are refusing to download the app over privacy concerns. "The app itself has numerous usability and technical flaws," he said. Credit: Alex Ellinghausen Our government has long tended to put national security ahead of privacy and has a poor track record of technology deployments. "It looks like it was rushed out.

They're sort of running it more like a marketing campaign. Critics claim the very idea of the app is unproven and its software not properly tested. “Instagram, Facebook, Google etc know far more about you than the COVIDSafe app." Professor Buckland pointed to the fact iPhones users need to have the app open and their phone unlocked for the app to work reliably, and called for the COVIDSafe source code to be released as promised. Apple is updating its iPhone bluetooth settings next week, which is expected to resolve the problem.” All these criticisms are valid. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after the national cabinet meeting that he expects the app to be downloaded more than 5 million times by Tuesday evening, meaning almost a third of all adult smartphone users will have signed up. “I understand the privacy concerns, I totally get that – but these are unprecedented times and we need our jobs back. "That's a welcome response. There’s very little wrong with the app itself, but people resent it because they resent the government.

We would like to see a bit more," Mr Morrison said. "Its most important job is to keep you safe, every single Australian that downloads it. Advertisement Loading Do I wish that the COVIDSafe software had been commissioned in a better way? Of course I do. Picture: Instagram / Bec Judd Source:Instagram Explaining she did think twice about “the Government tracking my every move”, she said she looked into how it worked and determined she was “comfortable” because it was a tool that can “help get us back to where we need to be”." The Prime Minister is aiming for 40 per cent of the country's 16 million smartphone users to download the app by Friday, which requires roughly 1 million more downloads, and suggested the number of users will help determine how quickly states and territories relax their social distancing measures. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said state health officials would start accessing the data by the end of the week, after it was revealed earlier in the week that COVIDSafe's contact tracing information was not yet being sent anywhere because a final data security agreement had not been struck between states and territories and the Commonwealth. But given the circumstances, I am willing to climb off my moral high horse. "It's just putting those belts and braces in," Professor Murphy said of the security agreements. “Where abouts you shop, where you eat, where you travel, every single thing that you buy.

"My understanding is they will all be resolved this week. Now I am prepared to show comparable pragmatism around privacy and the contact tracing app. I believe that they will be in place." Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying. COVIDSafe is pretty innocuous. Picture: Instagram / Bec Judd Source:Instagram She also talked about ads that appear when you’ve been talking about items, calling it “far more concerning to me than this app”. Sign up to The Sydney Morning Herald's .