One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has laughed at Karl Stefanovic about the new coronavirus tracking app, claiming she doesn’t trust the government.
The federal government’s CovidSafe app went live at 6pm on Sunday and was downloaded over 10,000 times in the first hour.
While many Australians are willing to download the application so that authorities can track people who may have come into contact with an infected person, it has also raised concerns about privacy and security.
Senator Hanson says she refuses to download the app because she doesn’t trust the government with her private information.
“I don’t want them to follow me. I don’t trust the government, ”she told Today Show presenter Karl Stefanovic on Monday.
Senator Hanson (photo) says she refuses to download the app because she doesn’t trust the government with her private information
She continued to talk about data retention laws that were enacted in 2015, claiming that the CovidSafe app could give her information to other companies.
“Why the hell would I let the government give it to them personally to download my information?” she asked.
Stefanovic reminded the senator that she had a civil obligation to the Australian people to help end the stronghold of the virus.
“You have a responsibility to the Australian people if we want to try to control this COVID-19 and try to follow people,” said the morning show host.
But Senator Hanson refused to budge, saying she knows she doesn’t have the virus and hasn’t been in contact with someone who does.
“In the first place, I have a responsibility for myself. I know damn well that I haven’t been with people, ”she said.
“I isolated myself. I don’t have the COVID-19. ‘
“Except if you only have a few things in the blasted land and they still lock up the whole damn land and they want to put this app on your phone when we’re down a lot … Come on, Karl. I don’t trust them. ‘
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has laughed at Karl Stefanovic about the new coronavirus tracking app and claims she doesn’t trust the government
The Australian government’s new voluntary app for detecting coronavirus COVIDSafe can be seen on a mobile phone in Melbourne
Stefanovic, on the other hand, is not worried by downloading the app and said anyone who wanted to know their whereabouts would not be enjoying themselves.
“They’re going to follow me – let me tell you where I’m going. I go to work. I’m going home. I’m going to Woolies. I’m going home. I go to work. I’m going home … That’s all my life, “he said.
The CovidSafe app is based on the TraceTogether software in Singapore, which records the Bluetooth connections a phone makes to others, allowing the user to pass that data on to health authorities if they catch the virus.
The government is hoping for a broader testing regime, and the contact tracing app is more likely to ease the economic shutdown. It is expected to launch on Sunday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the ABC radio program, Macca, Australia All Over, that only health authorities would have access to the data.
“It’s another tool we need to get back to normal as much as possible,” he said.
He said that the contact numbers retrieved from a person’s phone will only be downloaded by a health official when someone gets the corona virus and gives permission.
The COVIDSafe app uses Bluetooth to record who you have been in contact with. The government says your data will only be transferred to health authorities if you have tested positive for coronavirus or come into contact with someone whose infection is infected
The federal government has made it clear that law enforcement agencies will not have access to your data. Pictured: A woman in a protective face mask walks her cell phone across Princes Bridge in Melbourne
“No other government agency can use this information, no one in the Commonwealth government, and at the state authorities, only the health official can use it,” he said.
“Not the police, not the rescuers, nowhere else. Only the health official. ‘
Home Secretary Peter Dutton, who recovered from an attack by COVID-19, says it is a more effective approach than trying to remember where someone had been.
“The beauty of the app is that it can have a handshake, if you like, with people you’ve been around to find the phone,” he told Sky Sunday Agenda.
He said the privacy issues were resolved.
“There is absolute protection that is guaranteed around privacy,” he said.
“We all have tons of apps on our phones that collect more data than here.”
AUSTRALIA’S COVIDSAFE APP – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The COVID-19 contacts tracking app is called COVIDSafe.
It only works on smartphones and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores.
The use of the app is voluntary.
* To identify people who may have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, so that they may be advised to take measures to stop the spread of the disease or to be tested.
Registration requires users to:
* mobile phone number – so they can be contacted if necessary to track contacts.
* name – so that the relevant health officials can confirm that they are speaking to the right person, although the health minister says you can use a fake name if you want.
* age category – so that health officials can prioritize cases for contact detection.
* zip code – to ensure that health officials from the correct state and territory handle your case.
COVIDSAFE IN USE
The app registers the following contact details:
* the encrypted user ID.
* date and time of the contact person.
* the Bluetooth signal strength of other COVIDSafe users you come into contact with. This is recorded every two hours in the national COVIDSafe data store.
* Location data is not collected at any time.
* Contact information stored on a device will be deleted after 21 days.
* All stored data will be deleted once the pandemic has ended.
* Personal information collected through COVIDSafe is treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Biosecurity Determination 2020.
* Criminal sanctions are imposed and everyone violates someone’s privacy.
Source: Australian Government Department of Health