Will you use the coronavirus tracking app?

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Will you use the coronavirus tracking app?

Post by Mugsy » 18 Apr 2020, 13:32

Just curious to see what people's thoughts are on this.
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Re: Will you use the coronavirus tracking app?

Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 18 Apr 2020, 14:13

No.

Much like My Health Record I don't trust the federal government to securely store whatever data they collect, I don't trust them to collect only the data needed and I don't trust that they won't scope creep and use the data for other purposes.
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Post by Mythor » 18 Apr 2020, 17:17

No. Partly due to not trusting the Government to use the data they collect in a responsible fashion, but also because that data will be vulnerable to hackers. It's fairly unlikely to collect any data I particularly care about sharing, but I don't trust the Government's definition of essential data, nor their ability to keep the app itself from being compromised.

I'm also doing what I need to to avoid being in a position where I might be infected anyway.

I get that they need fairly wide take up to get accurate results but between the security concerns and me already taking precautions, I don't see why I should do it. If they try and make it mandatory I'll probably just switch my phone off. See what happens.
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Post by Sathias » 23 Apr 2020, 09:46

This government has a history of massive scope creep when it comes to private data, so no.
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Re: Will you use the coronavirus tracking app?

Post by Disco » 23 Apr 2020, 11:05

Not a chance in hell.
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Post by Mythor » 24 Apr 2020, 16:38

They're storing the data in the Amazon cloud. Which means US law enforcement will be able to access it with a warrant. So their promises about nobody else having access are a lie from the start.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-24/ ... p/12176682
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Re: Will you use the coronavirus tracking app?

Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 24 Apr 2020, 17:16

To be fair, if it's held in an Australian data centre US Law Enforcement might have to fight a bit harder to get access. I believe there was a similar case a while ago with some Microsoft data held in Ireland.
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Post by Mythor » 24 Apr 2020, 17:42

Yes, I doubt they'd have an easy time of it, if they could even come up with a compelling reason to go snooping. But if the contract had been given to an Australian company... :-/
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