Government releases proposed laws to underpin privacy protections for COVIDSafe app

4/05/2020 11:49:00 PM

The federal government has released its proposed laws to underpin privacy protections for its coronavirus contact tracing app.

Business owners who ban people from entry unless they have downloaded the government's coronavirus contact tracing app will face five years in jail and a $63,000 fine under proposed laws.

The federal government has released its proposed laws to underpin privacy protections for its coronavirus contact tracing app.

Share on TwitterBusiness owners who ban people from entry unless they have downloaded the government's coronavirus contact tracing app will face five years in jail and a $63,000 fine under proposed laws.The government has released a draft of its legislative backing to privacy and data protections for the COVIDSafe tracing app.

It proposes to make it illegal for anyone to refuse a person without the app entry to a public place, ban them from an activity or refuse to buy or sell goods and services to them.The legislation would also make it an offence to access the data without proper authorisation and for the data to be stored anywhere outside of Australia.

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The Govt app has proven one thing. The Govt is not trusted by most Australians. Robodebt just one example. The UK, Sweden, US and soon India use a 'Symptom Tracker' rather than a 'People Tracker' App which seems more privacy friendly. Bluetooth on 24/7 is a big load on battery. Turned on/off via Settings but apps can have control. Will app override Settings?

ERN_Malleyscrub How would they know Believe it when you see it in black and white, printed on an official paper One step forward, two steps back by the gov 👏👏👏👏👏 Hang on..the media reported yesterday that the government would make it mandatory that cafes and restaurants could take down the names and addresses of people without the app? What’s the truth

So the Data CAN be accessed (hacked) when a law is needed to penalise those who do. Thanks for the hat tip.

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.

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?

Chief Medical Officer expects staged easing of coronavirus restrictions but wants physical distancing maintained - ABC NewsChief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy wants a greater uptake of a coronavirus tracing app in a bid to abate lingering concerns about the containing the virus and allow leaders to ease more restrictions. It doesn’t work though! More from the LNP blackmailer auspol COVID19Aus covidsafe not 😂Please go away with this bullshit

COVIDSafe App legislation: Prison time for hackers who mis-use personal dataNew laws will prosecute breaches of privacy on the COVIDSafe app with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of fines and even potential jail time. 9News So it can be hacked.!!! What does nine news think about the women in Indiana that streamed her skinning live cats 1. Scare people to get app. 2. Tell people the only way to ease restrictions if you get the app. 3. Keep it around while thoroughly test. 4. Tell people keep app and will let you know when Paedophiles are close 5. Use app for domestic violence abusers close 6. Track everyone

Jail terms for those who breach COVID app privacy lawTougher privacy laws will be put to Parliament next week in a bid to jail anyone who breaches the safeguards in the COVIDSafe app, with police and security agencies exposed to the sanctions Gaol. dingbats who downloaded. 🤔

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!

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Business owners who ban people from entry unless they have downloaded the government's coronavirus contact tracing app will face five years in jail and a $63,000 fine under proposed laws.Emma Larouche 06:41 Passengers at Canberra Airport can now have their temperature taken by a cameras as part of a new COVID-19 measures.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..

The government has released a draft of its legislative backing to privacy and data protections for the COVIDSafe tracing app. It proposes to make it illegal for anyone to refuse a person without the app entry to a public place, ban them from an activity or refuse to buy or sell goods and services to them. "We've been correlating temperatures verses temperatures taken through ear thermometers as well, to make sure that there's an accurate reading. The legislation would also make it an offence to access the data without proper authorisation and for the data to be stored anywhere outside of Australia. The PM says the government's contact tracing app is crucial to creating a 'COVID-safe economy'. All offences have a maximum penalty of five years in jail, a $63,00 fine or both. Anyone with a temperature over 37. The legislation also says records of the Bluetooth"handshakes" a user's phone makes with people they come in close contact with must be deleted after 21 days or upon request. The COVIDSafe App is designed to give state and territory health officials the ability to quickly identify people who might have come into contact with a person who tests positive to coronavirus.

And once the health minister and chief medical officer decide the app is no longer necessary on health grounds, all data must be erased from the server and people will be told to delete the app from their phones. If the temperature remains about 37. Critics claim the very idea of the app is unproven and its software not properly tested. READ MORE Government concedes health officials are currently unable to use COVIDSafe coronavirus app A sunset clause in the legislation says the privacy protections and offences will end 90 days after the minister determines the app is no longer needed. The legislation, which will be put to parliament when it returns next week, backs up rules already laid out in a biosecurity determination. "We feel that by instituting these measures the airlines have a far better understanding of the potential for someone to get on to the plane feeling unwell," Mr Thomson said. Attorney-general Christian Porter described it as the final step in a"triple lock of privacy protections". But it saddens me to see respected privacy advocates rehashing entrenched positions at a time like this. "The draft bill clarifies the enforcement mechanisms for the penalties that are already in place against misuse of data from the COVIDSafe app," he said on Monday. "The vast majority of people who travel on airlines are interested in their safety and the safety of others," CEO of the Australian Medical Association ACT branch, Dr Antonio Di Dio said. The Chief Medical Officer said while there was a likely easing of some restrictions this week, Australia would have to contend with long-term changes even after the pandemic ends.

"In addition to the protections provided by the biosecurity determination, this bill puts in place a clear process outlining how the government will satisfy its obligation to delete all COVIDSafe data from the national COVIDSafe data store once the pandemic is over." READ MORE UK to test contact tracing app on Isle of Wight in bid to ease lockdown Offences under the new law would be investigated by federal police and people could complain to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner or their state privacy regulator if they were concerned their data had been misused. "Certainly in terms of international travel, there's probably going to be restrictions for a number of years to come," Mr Thomson said. Advertisement Loading Do I wish that the COVIDSafe software had been commissioned in a better way? Of course I do. People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. For all the talk of “lost trust”, the Morrison government has done something big to earn my co-operation: it abandoned its fiscal ideology and without much fanfare went into enormous debt to safeguard Australians’ health and jobs." National Cabinet will meet twice this week — on Tuesday and Friday.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.  The federal government's coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone's app store. COVIDSafe is pretty innocuous. SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments. News and information is available in 63 languages at .