MEPs refuse to download the COVIDSafe app, even though it is the ticket for Australia that has not been closed
Scores of Australian MPs refuse to download the government’s Coronavirus app, despite Scott Morrison telling the public that it was the best way to ease the restrictions.
COVIDSafe launched on April 26 and has so far been downloaded by 5.1 million Australians desperate to get the country back to work after the pandemic.
However, some publicly elected officials refuse to set an example and download the app itself, which does not retain or pass on any user’s personal information.
This reportedly includes at least three of the Coalition’s own MPs, the National Party’s Barnaby Joyce, Llew O’Brien’s Liberal National Party in Queensland, and Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Only one Green MP, Sarah Hanson-Young from South Australia, downloaded the app ABCwhile the controversial leader of the party called it “worrying.”
Adam Bandt (pictured on Australia Day this year) is the leader of the Greens and has refused to download the government’s COVID-19 tracking app
Green members trust the government not to rely on data security, despite the app using an encrypted user ID, which is regenerated every two hours, and does not record location data.
It means that neither the user’s whereabouts nor activities are tracked, with all data deleted after 21 days.
The app is not mandatory, but the government hopes that high use of contact tracking technology could lead to simplification of the lock sooner than expected.
The Prime Minister, along with Health Minister Greg Hunt, said they hope that a 40 percent shot could help officials detect and track future COVID-19 cases.
Finding the close contacts of confirmed cases is key to stopping the spread of the disease and opening Australia, including bars, restaurants and state borders.
National Party MP Barnaby Joyce (photo, left) has not downloaded the app, nor has Liberal MP Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (right)
COVIDSafe (photo) has been downloaded five million times so far, but more use should be made of it, the government said
Members of both One Nation and the Greens have expressed concerns about the app, while the vast majority of Coalition and Labor members have already downloaded it.
The Greens called the app last month a “disgraceful disregard for privacy.”
They even accused the government of making Australia a ‘surveillance state’.
“If the government wants people to use this app, they have to protect the law in advance,” said Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens.
“People have very legitimate concerns about how the data is used and where it is stored.
Green’s Senator Mehreen Faruqi (photo, left) hasn’t downloaded the app either, while White Bay member Llew O’Brien (right) said he would now consider getting it
The Australian MPs who have NOT downloaded the COVIDSafe app
MP Adam Bandt, Greens
Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens
Senator Pat Dodson, Labor
Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, coalition
Senator Pauline Hanson, One Nation
MP Barnaby Joyce, Coalition
MP Bob Katter, Katter’s Australian Party
MP Peter Khalil, Labor
Senator Jacqui Lambie, Jacqui Lambie Network
Senator Nick McKim, Greens
MP Llew O’Brien, Coalition
Senator Rex Patrick, Center Alliance
Member of Parliament Graham Perrett, Labor
Senator Janet Rice, Greens
Senator Malcolm Roberts, One Nation
MP Rebekha Sharkie, Center Alliance
Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens
Senator Jordan Steele-John, Greens
Senator Anne Urquhart, Labor
Senator Larissa Waters, Greens
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens
MP Andrew Wilkie, independent
“The reported storage of the data by an American company is a real concern. When it comes to privacy, if there’s one person I trust less than Peter Dutton, it’s Donald Trump.
“We all want the lockdown to end, but something like that should be done right because the stakes are too high. Once it is out, the ghost can no longer be put in the bottle. ‘
Since then, the government has released legislative proposals around the app and people’s privacy and freedoms.
A five-year prison sentence can be imposed if a person is caught collecting, using, or disclosing information collected by the app, except by health officials.
Businesses that prohibit people from accessing the app unless they have downloaded the app also face five years in prison and a fine of $ 63,000.
The measures were part of a draft released by the government this week.
Mr. O’Brien, who is a Coalition backbencher, told ABC he would consider downloading the app after government law was revealed.
The small number of Labor MPs who had not yet received the app said they would do so once the legislation was passed.
Patrick Dodson lives in remote Western Australia, but said he will download the app next time he’s in Broome – the nearest town with a stable reception.
But Greens leader, Mr. Brandt, 47, of downtown Melbourne, is vehemently against the government.
The coronavirus detection app in Australia has been downloaded five million times so far (pictured, a woman uses her cell phone while walking Bondi Beach on April 3)
WHAT PERSONAL DATA IS COLLECTED?
– The name you choose to enter
– Your age category
– Your phone number
– Your postal code
– Information about your encrypted user ID
– Information on positive testing for coronavirus
– Contact IDs if you give permission to upload that.
– Bluetooth data is also uploaded so officials can decide who to notify when you test positive
Anti-coal zeal once called for the overthrow of capitalism and has used its platform to advocate for higher taxes, greater prosperity and the end of Australia’s most lucrative industries.
Meanwhile, former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has said that if the privacy violations are found in the app, any politician who has supported the app should step down.
A vocal critic of the app, he said Monday, “I just don’t trust the Bluetooth capability and I will test the confidence of others.
“If you give a favorable voice to it, that is your choice and if it leaks, will you resign immediately – whatever that is – because you cannot stand behind your command?
“I bet you’ll find that all the senior officers in this country won’t say,” I’ll quit if we find out there’s a leak “- and here’s your answer.”
To use the COVIDSafe app, users must agree to disable their battery optimization – meaning they cannot attempt to use a power saving mode
Both the Singaporean version and the Australian COVIDSafe use Bluetooth to connect to nearby phones to determine who a person has been in close contact with.
It means that if a user later tests positive for COVID-19, officials can easily find out who else is at risk.
But Greens Digital Rights spokesman Nick McKim also criticized the app, citing the government’s “ terrible track record of undermining privacy and IT blunders. ”
“This government has repeatedly failed to ensure the security of the data it collects and has made it an art form of deliberately disclosing sensitive personal information of people to media for political gain,” said Senator McKim.
“Peter Dutton has been dreaming of a surveillance state in Australia for years, and this app brings him one step closer without security.”
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 been 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