A million Australians download government’s COVIDSafe app in five hours

The government’s controversial tracing app was downloaded by a million people in just five hours.

Australians embrace COVIDSafe app

It seems Australians are not that paranoid about technological security. The government’s COVID-19 tracing app COVIDSafe, sharply opposed by some, was downloaded by more than  a million people within five hours on Sunday evening.

Health minister Greg Hunt is spruiking COVIDSafe as possessing the "strongest data protection both physically and in law that Australia has ever had". He’d hoped for one million users after five days.

Last week, experts such as law professor Graham Greenleaf from the University of New South Wales, sought “legal guarantees” to safeguard the rights of citizens using the software. Deputy speaker Llew O'Brien said the app was too “Big-Brotherish” for him and there was a "snowflake's chance in hell" he would use it. The Law Council of Australia urged the government to institute “core design principles” in the app to safeguard privacy.

COVIDSafe is downloaded to a mobile phone. It uses bluetooth short-range wireless communication technology to anonymously record users who are within 1.5 metres of each other for about 15 minutes.

It aims to identify those exposed to COVID-19 once someone is diagnosed. Increased contact tracing, alongside widespread COVID-19 testing, will help allow an earlier easing of social distancing restrictions.

Users provide their name, phone number, their age range and postcode.

This allows public health officials to contact you if you have been exposed to the virus, Mr Hunt said.

Digital rights advocates have been demanding the release of the app’s source code.

Mr Hunt says that is coming within two weeks.

"The reason for that is that there's a constant review of the safety and security,” he said.

"Our first task is to make sure the security assessment is done and that there is absolute protection of privacy above all else.

"The data has to be in Australia, has to stay in Australia. There's a five-year jail term for anyone who breaches that security.”

The government says the app does not collect location data, that an infected person must consent to having their information shared and only health authorities would have access to the data.

Melbourne law firm Maddocks completed a 78-page Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) of the app. "We are satisfied that Australian government has considered the range of privacy risks associated with the app and has already taken steps to mitigate some of these risks," Maddocks wrote.

The Australian Financial Review’s government editor, Tom Burton, reported the “gold standard” security measures being enacted. “The COVIDSafe app cannot be used to enforce quarantine or isolation restrictions, or any other laws. This will mean it will be unlawful for anyone to force the use of the app, for example for gaining entry to venues or work.

“Also prohibited is the handing over of any data to anyone other than state health agencies, including to any overseas entity or person.”

Stephen Fenech from techguide.com.au said the app “lived up to its promise of privacy and security”.

He quoted Matthew Robbins, a developer for MFractor, which downloaded and “decompiled” the app: “From what I can see, everything in the #covidsafe app is above board, very transparent and follows industry standard”.

Mr Robbins confirmed the data collected by the app is encrypted in a secure section of mobile phones and is not accessible by other apps; the app broadcasts a Bluetooth address, not a device name, and data is automatically deleted every 21 days.

Mr Fenech did find technological issues in the early hours of the app’s operation.

“The COVIDSafe app will only work with Android 6 and later.

“Android 6 was released in 2015, so if you if you are using a five-year old Android phone you might not be able to run the app.

“Another issue could arise from battery-saving features on various smartphones which may flag the COVIDSafe because it needs to be running constantly in the background to work.”

Apple and Google have announced new privacy tweaks to opt in contact tracing technology they are developing. Earlier this month they announced their decentralised contact tracing apps would be ‘anonymised’, and the service would be disabled once the virus has been contained. A US Senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, pushed for the companies’ CEOs to be personally liable for data collected as part of the project. Germany is reportedly tweaking its app to use the decentralised system.

COVIDSafe app: how it works

  • COVIDSafe is an app for your mobile phone. Download it from the Apple App Store (iPhone) or the Google Play Store (Android). Search for COVIDSafe. If you don’t have an iPhone, your phone is most likely an Android.
  • Once the application is loaded, it will ask for consent to collect your details and to collect contact information gathered from other COVIDSafe app users.
  • You then supply your full name, mobile phone number, age and postcode. Once your number is submitted, you are sent a code by SMS to verify your registration.
  • The app needs to be running all the time on your phone. Keep notifications on so it keeps working in the background.
  • The app uses the Bluetooth on your smartphone to scan and detect anyone who is also running the app within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes.
  • If you need to be contacted after testing positive or being in contact with someone who tests positive, you will be asked to complete a two-factor authentication. You will then be asked to consent to upload the data in the app.

Also note:

  • The app is voluntary, not mandatory. The purpose of the app is “To identify people who may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 so that they can be advised to take measures to help stop the spread of the disease or get tested”.
  • No location data will be collected at any time.
  • Contact data stored on a device will be deleted after 21 days.
  • All data stored will be deleted once the pandemic has concluded.
  • A battery saving feature of some smartphones may flag the COVID Safe app because it is constantly running in the background.

Have you downloaded COVIDSafe? Will you? If not, why not?

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    Jim
    27th Apr 2020
    3:42pm
    Downloaded
    Pass the Ductape
    27th Apr 2020
    3:43pm
    Won't download.
    tikiroo
    27th Apr 2020
    3:48pm
    So, where do I go to download it please?
    Frank
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    7:36am
    Depending whether you have an iPhone or Android, go to Google play or the Apple app store. Its free to download in either case.
    Tanker
    27th Apr 2020
    3:49pm
    While I have downloaded the app I am not happy that the information will be stored in a facility owned by Amazon and American company. Who not one of the Australian companies who are quite capable of doing it.
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    7:38am
    If you do any online shopping or in fact any online transactions, chances are you are already stored on Amazon servers (cloud or earth) even if you have never shopped via Amazon.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:24am
    It's just a storage facility means nothing. Which company here could do it?
    Fedup
    29th Apr 2020
    11:33am
    “ Government insiders and technology industry players have raised alarms about the Federal Government's new COVID-19 tracing app, after a contract for its data storage went offshore to US retail and technology giant Amazon.

    Bureaucrats inside the Government's Digital Transformation Agency voiced concerns about the awarding of the contract to an overseas provider when several wholly Australian-owned cloud storage services had been security vetted for precisely such high-level contracts.

    The ABC has also confirmed the tender was a limited, invitation-only opportunity initially run by the Department of Home Affairs, which is principally responsible for border protection and national security.” ABC
    Farside
    30th Apr 2020
    3:52pm
    yep, one of the "several wholly Australian-owned cloud storage services had been security vetted for precisely such high-level contracts" could have done, but why did we choose a solution with a central server in the first place?
    Fedup
    27th Apr 2020
    3:50pm
    I’m with Lew O’Brien, “snowflake’s chance ....”

    Firstly, it measures anyone we are within 1.5m of for at least 15minutes. But social distancing means we are not supposed to be that close to anyone, let alone for 15 minutes. We should only be that close to our partner and/or kids and I’m pretty sure we don’t need our phones to tell us that we’ve been close to them.

    Secondly, Amazon have been contracted to store the data instead of an Australian company. I don’t trust a US company.
    panos
    27th Apr 2020
    3:58pm
    Put your tin foil hat back on.... I bet you have an amazon account.... Do you ???
    Fedup
    27th Apr 2020
    4:02pm
    I certainly do not have an Amazon account and never will. And I’m not happy that Australian taxpayers are giving Amazon millions when there are Australian companies that have the capability to do the job. What happened to stimulating the Australian economy?
    BTM
    27th Apr 2020
    4:18pm
    I'm with you Fedup, the data storage contract should have gone to an Australian company given the current state of the economy. Surprised it went to Amazon after the story the ABC ran a couple of weeks ago.
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    7:48am
    Whether you have an Amazon account or not, if you have ever done any online transactions you are probably already stored on Amazon Fedup. There are many many companies and organisations who use Amazon data storage. This is different in that the information you will be giving (and FYI you don't even have to use your real name) is far less than that required to join this forum!

    And as for maintaining distance, you are quite right of course BUT, just look at what happens when the beaches are reopened for very specific reason i.e. swim or surf, and the high numbers of people NOT respecting the rules. Take a stroll in any open space or even shopping centres and you will see people not maintaining distance nor keeping moving.

    And one final point, the data is held in Australia (that means Australian jobs BTM), cannot be accessed by anyone other than the contact tracing team for the purpose of finding COVID-19 cases including other Amazon companies, the Government, police or Centrelink. And the data is deleted from your phone after 21 days and from Amazon after 6 months of the COVID-19 crisis being over.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:30am
    Hey Tin Foil Hat person - you original comment mentioned about staying 1.5 metres away from each other. Yes true CURRENTLY.

    This App is for going forward to allow us to reduce the restrictions, allow more movement around the community. Open some more shops, cafes maybe, clubs, pubs, whatever. The App allows them to have details of your contacts if you test positive to the virus, those other people can than be alerted and tested.

    The same thing happens when they get a positive case only it's done manually, an interview where all your movements are noted and than they TRY to contact those other people, very hard to do though, this just automates the process and is more accurate.

    27th Apr 2020
    3:53pm
    Downloaded it about a dozen times but it won't work for me.
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    7:49am
    What do you mean it won't work for you? What do you expect it to do?
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:32am
    Turn on you Bluetooth and it works, you do nothing and it only has an icon on the screen at the top of your phone. There's nothing to see in the App.
    panos
    27th Apr 2020
    3:57pm
    oh no not again with the silver foil brigade....

    The Govt knows where you live Licence to drive, ATO super computers, centrelink, internet, mobile phone tracking, Cameras everywhere..... what the hell does one more app mean....

    Anyone who thinks they are invisible in this day and age are FOOLS.
    The Brew Master
    27th Apr 2020
    4:12pm
    This will not help me if I come in contact with a carrier, and they do not have the app installed on their phone
    panos
    27th Apr 2020
    4:14pm
    Of course it will, come into contact with a carrier they croak it.... they will contact you and say there is a spare ventilator come on down.....
    Pass the Ductape
    28th Apr 2020
    10:02am
    panos - Might just be me, but that's funny!! LOL.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:33am
    Well....der, obviously not, which is why the more people who have the App the better.
    Farside
    30th Apr 2020
    3:56pm
    if the contact tracers find you before you croak it then they can upload the data from your phone (with permission of course) to contact those you have exposed to the virus in the preceding days
    Hairy
    27th Apr 2020
    4:21pm
    So if you are a pickpocket or you get pickpocketed they would be able to trace the offender.??,you have to have a warrant to tap or trace phones ,this app will negate that law?.im not criminal minded but I think enough is enough,they got enough info on me I don’t wish to have my info out their in India and the like because that’s exactly what will happen ,how many call centres do telcos and other company’s in Aus including our own gov do bussiness through foreign places,trust is gone never to be revived especially goverment liars and rosters of taxpayers dollars not theirs ours.
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    7:57am
    If your phone was stolen, the police would not be able to track it using this app. Apart from the fact that they are barred by law from obtaining a warrant for the data on this app, there is NO geolocation associated with it so it would not help. However, if you have google maps for example that is a different issue and totally unrelated to this app but that quite possibly could be used to find the phone!

    Your data is not going overseas anywhere. It remains on your phone for 21 days and will be deleted from Amazon data storage after 6 months.

    Point of clarification, do you know where your data you gave YLC is stored and who has access to it? What about every other app or digital account you have (think phone and internet accounts, electricity, any shopping account - ebay or local store), do you know every third party your account is shared with for every app and account you hold? No I didn't think so.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:35am
    Hairy, you have no idea do you?

    No they can't trace the offender, this App DOES NOT not your location, it only knows when you have been near someone with the virus and who also has the App.
    Eddy
    27th Apr 2020
    5:16pm
    I will not be downloading this app. my $49 phone does not allow me to download apps and it does not run Bluetooth. If I could download it I would be put off by the fact that Amazon is handling the data. I trust Huawei more than I trust Amazon (or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Tinder or any other 'social media') and my trust level in Huawei is very low. In any case I carry enough tracing apparatus already, I do not need any more.
    Eddy
    27th Apr 2020
    5:22pm
    And another thing, I hope the government does not make the source code public, why make it too easy for the hackers to get their hands on it. To a hacker even phone numbers, names and age group may be sellable data, unless they decide to hack in just because they can.
    Laura52
    27th Apr 2020
    5:41pm
    Hi Eddy, just read this , according to the Age:

    Mr Hunt pledged that the app's source code, which the government initially said would be released in full but later said would only partially be released due to security concerns, would be made public within two weeks.

    Former Labor frontbencher Ed Husic called on the government to release the source code as soon as possible, saying he would reserve his right to delete the app if yet-to-be-seen legislation, to be put to Parliament in mid-May, was insufficient.

    "The government should have released both the app and the legislation simultaneously," Mr Husic said. "I note it still hasn't released the source code despite being told it should."
    Oxleigh
    27th Apr 2020
    7:06pm
    If it was coded and written in CHINA forget it,they have control over all their citizens now and want to control the rest of the world. look at all the Pacific islands and our ports and farms and mines, baby formula etc and big gas production in Queensland.
    If it was an Australian design and coded the same goes. Think about it.
    Maggie
    27th Apr 2020
    8:41pm
    So if I downloaded the app and got near someone with the virus, who had also downloaded the app, who sneezed right beside me, would the app work? After all I would have been near him only for seconds and nothing like 15 minutes it apparently takes to work.
    Will be SO grateful if someone who really knows the answer will write in, it's doing my old head in.
    Fedup
    27th Apr 2020
    9:12pm
    The app only works if you are near someone for a full 15 minutes. That’s why I don't think it’s useful. If you knew someone well enough to be closer than 1.5m to them for at least 15 minutes you would know if they later tested positive, without needing to be told by the government.
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    8:15am
    The app does not work that way. The app is not a diagnostic tool.

    If the person who sneezed on you was later diagnosed with COVID-19, (or even if YOU were diagnosed,) the contact tracing team would be able to access the data on their phone to find the phone numbers of those they were at risk of having been infected. You would not be given any details of the other person diagnosed nor your details given to them.

    Risk of infection increases with time spent in close proximity. Fleeting contact of a few seconds reduces risk but cannot eliminate it completely given that the main transmission route is through hand tranference from surfaces to musous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth). Of course the level of virus is also important so sneezing (or coughing and spitting) directly on someone is a high risk factor. There is even some research that people exercising and therefore expelling breath harder than normal, could need more distance from people to avoid infection. It is not completely clear whether the virus is an aerosol (that means it hangs in the air rather than falling) but if it was, then walking into the expelled air of an exerciser for example could be a possible risk factor even if the exerciser was asymptomatic.

    The point of the app is to allow all levels of government to move towards removing restrictions. If that happens we will all be in closer proximity with others - consider public transport, shopping centres, work places etc. The app will show its value then in being able to identify contacts. Whilst everyone (or at least most people) are still at home and obeying the rules, thee app has little immediate value. Without it, lockdown will continue for far longer than it needs to, to avoid a secomnd wave of infection such has been experienced by countries like Singapore who now have more infections and deaths than any other country in SE Asia yet were held as the template for other countries to follow.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:44am
    Maggie - in your scenario, NO. That's not the point, the App is wanted to try to trace contacts in most situations not ALL situations. Just like now, if you test positive they interview you and ask about your movements for the last 14 days and than TRY to contact people who you have been near with in that time IE you had a doctors appointment last Tuesday so they'd contact the doctors office and let them know, they would than contact patients who may have been in the office when you were.

    This App automates the process and hopefully is more thorough as people may forget where they have been in the last two weeks.

    In your scenario the interview process wouldn't work either.
    Janus
    27th Apr 2020
    9:49pm
    Not going to download because:
    1)It is not yet complete, as it needs to be integrated with Google and Apple, as there are some technical glitches (new version soon). Integrated with Google? what? Oh yeah, they can all be trusted with your data!
    2) it will be legislated etc... but it isn't yet, and it might not be.
    3) it is illegal for anyone to ...etc. Of course, as it is illegal, nobody will break the law will they, especially no one in the Federal government, or the US, or China, or....
    4) as others have said, if I am with someone for more than 15 minutes, closer than 1.5m, I will know them very well. I am in a regional area, and don't use public transport, etc. Cafes etc are closed. No chance.
    5) I am too experienced in life to have ANY faith or trust in a politician who says "trust me!".
    6) I don't use my phone for anything else but phone calls, keep Bluetooth, location, internet OFF. I do not want constant reminders that my app is off. (yes I know my phone is tracked when on, but not when it is off.)

    Am I paranoid? No, and have nothing to hide. I just value my privacy, and if someone wants to use my personal data for their gain, they can pay me for it. Senator Wilkie is not going to download it - he was a Federal intelligence officer, so he might know something the rest of us don't. Think about it.
    KSS
    28th Apr 2020
    8:17am
    Paranoid? Well maybe a bit. The point is that unless there is sufficient take up of the app, your cafes, shopping centres, sports grounds among other things where you will be closer than 1.5m for longer than 15 mins, will not repoen for far longer.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:53am
    Well thank you for not wanting to help.

    Point 4 - This App is so that restrictions CAN be lessened, so those cafes amongst other things can reopen.

    The App will NEVER be mandatory, they can't make people buy phones or use phones if they don't want to. The App has your name (and that can be a pseudonym), phone number, age RANGE and postcode, that's it, wow, so much personal information, you can input a dodgy postcode, the name Donald Duck and your phone number is the only thing that's real.

    It DOES NOT trace your location, doesn't happen, they can get that already if they were really interested in your trips to Coles and the chemist.

    Are you paranoid, most definitely, are you trying to help the community by using the app which can help others as well as yourself, NO. A selfish decision based on unfounded BS.
    Manne
    27th Apr 2020
    10:16pm
    This app is not compatible with with older phones. Will not work or download if using android 5.1.1. Lot of us older people have slightly older phones. You want us to use it, please fix it.
    aussiecarer
    28th Apr 2020
    9:20am
    I read that the 2 million Australians who have downloaded the app have already got their first hoax sms text message saying that "they have broken lockdown rules." So this means that someone unauthorized has already hacked into the system and has 2 million Australians phone numbers. Otherwise the hacker wouldn't be able to send the hoax sms to 2 million people. So what the government is asking us to do is give hackers access to our phone numbers. Who knows what other hoax messages people will get as well as this one.
    101
    28th Apr 2020
    4:44pm
    These emails are sent out like other scam emails - Randomly, hoping to catch paranoid people like you.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    11:58am
    No, these SMS are not sent to people who downloaded the App, just shows how stupid you are.

    The messages are sent to random numbers just like any other scam message can, it's possible to use computers to generate millions of numbers and messages are sent out, some are valid numbers some are wrong, doesn't matter to the scammer.

    You know a little bit of knowledge is dangerous, open your eyes, do some research and understand why this App is important in reducing the restrictions that we have in place now.
    Grumpy Old Mike
    28th Apr 2020
    11:46am
    I have a phone that's about 6 years old which has Android 4.4. I tried to download the app and the web site advised that it was not compatible with my phone. This confirms the comment in the article: The COVIDSafe app will only work with Android 6 and later.
    “Android 6 was released in 2015, so if you if you are using a five-year old Android phone you might not be able to run the app.
    My phone has Bluetooth and runs other apps, so I have no incentive to buy a new phone. If the Govt. wants to maximise use of the app. they will need to release a version that works on older phones.
    101
    28th Apr 2020
    4:45pm
    Sorry, not secure enough.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    12:05pm
    The Care Bear - So what security problem have you found?

    Strange name for your profile as you don't care at all about the community.

    The App is made so that restrictions can be reduced and allow people to move around more, visit friends/family, whatever.

    All it's for is to automate the process that happens when someone tests positive to the virus. Currently an interview takes place asking about all your movements in the last 14 days, the health dept than traces back to try to contact people you may have been in contact with in the last 14 days so they can tested.

    The App is designed to help YOU as well as others but as you are too pigheaded to learn about it and use it you show your selfish natureand to hell with others.

    Thanks for your help....maybe one day YOU'LL get this virus and wished that you knew earlier.
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    12:07pm
    Grumpy Old Mike - That's fine, they aren't expecting a 100% take-up rate, if you can't you can't.

    Hopefully most people who are capable of using the App will so our lives can get back to something like normal.
    101
    29th Apr 2020
    12:14pm
    Greg, change your medication, I was replying to Grumpy old Mike to inform him his old phone wont have the latest update and is out of date as far as security is concerned.
    You really are a piece of work, it's a pity this site has to put up with dipsticks like you.
    Farside
    30th Apr 2020
    4:02pm
    did you think of upgrading the version of bluetooth for your phone Grumpy? There are plenty of people with older phones than your running the app.
    Grumpy Old Mike
    28th Apr 2020
    11:46am
    I have a phone that's about 6 years old which has Android 4.4. I tried to download the app and the web site advised that it was not compatible with my phone. This confirms the comment in the article: The COVIDSafe app will only work with Android 6 and later.
    “Android 6 was released in 2015, so if you if you are using a five-year old Android phone you might not be able to run the app.
    My phone has Bluetooth and runs other apps, so I have no incentive to buy a new phone. If the Govt. wants to maximise use of the app. they will need to release a version that works on older phones.
    101
    28th Apr 2020
    4:45pm
    Sorry, not secure enough.
    AJ
    28th Apr 2020
    4:37pm
    I will not be loading the app at this stage. I am sure there are many people who think they have the flu and have not been tested as testing was only available for people who had the symptoms. Those people may have COVID-19 and not know. If everyone was tested this would work. I read a section that said an infected person must first consent to having their information shared - what if they do not?
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    12:20pm
    I read a section that said an infected person must first consent to having their information shared - what if they do not?

    Why wouldn't they if they have downloaded the App; they are trying to help others, that's the point of the App.
    Farside
    30th Apr 2020
    4:08pm
    people might get cold feet with agreeing to upload data if the promised privacy legislation and regulations are not forthcoming. In an emergency people might conditionally agree to download the app so as not to hold up tracing at a future time when days are urgent, and it should not be an issue, but the government man don't tell fibs does he?
    AJ
    28th Apr 2020
    4:37pm
    I will not be loading the app at this stage. I am sure there are many people who think they have the flu and have not been tested as testing was only available for people who had the symptoms. Those people may have COVID-19 and not know. If everyone was tested this would work. I read a section that said an infected person must first consent to having their information shared - what if they do not?
    Maggie
    1st May 2020
    5:41pm
    I don't believe they are interested in your personal information at all. All they ask for is name address and phone number. That can be found in any old phone book unless you want to be anonymous.
    What matters is whether you are carrying the virus or have been near an infected person.
    I would want to know that so I did not put other people at risk.
    mykaat
    28th Apr 2020
    11:45pm
    I downloaded the app but will have to wait to register until I am within range of a tower. They want to send a verification SMS text and that's pointless in my regional area.
    GrayComputing
    29th Apr 2020
    7:13am
    While the intent is good You should recall that even our parliament was hacked and led to the demise of our cyber-security chief.
    The dirtiest secret in the IT world is that there are NO 100% SECURE COMPUTERS. Hardware or software. The last secure computer was build in 1960 called MULTICS.
    The need for speed has meant INTEL AMD and the like have traded of security for profits
    Greg
    29th Apr 2020
    12:22pm
    Throw away your phone and all devices if you are worried about security. Far more issues with other programs/Apps/websites than this App.
    BillW41
    29th Apr 2020
    1:58pm
    My phone is just a phone, and even that's tricky! I have no intention of wasting money on a "smart" phone (I have a perfectly good laptop and PC at home), so won't be playing the Govt's silly games.
    101
    29th Apr 2020
    4:35pm
    Keep your had in the sand BillW41, you probably wouldn't want to get a device thats smarter than you.
    Shirstra
    29th Apr 2020
    2:58pm
    I installed the covid19 app as well as the FIRES NEAR ME APP on my Apple 5C
    101
    29th Apr 2020
    4:33pm
    Legend.
    BillW41
    30th Apr 2020
    1:02pm
    Of course not, Care Bear, but I suggest that even my landline is smarter than the average bear.
    Beemee
    1st May 2020
    5:06pm
    Suckers to download this app. Here's some facts that may be enough to say you did exactly what little Hitler wanted.

    1. Stupid PM says its safe, no one can access it but some medical professionals who know if you are further from home than you should be and they will send a message to ask why?

    2. Two days after the stupid app was made available, it was hacked. (so much for safety) Hackers are telling you to pay up because you are too close to someone or outside a limited area.

    3. Amazon will be holding all the details on all who join, BUT (here's a big BUT!) if the USA requests all the details of the people on the app, Amazon can not refuse. (They are USA based).

    4. Stupid PM says it is not compulsory to join, then in the same breath says I need 40% of Australians on this or it will be mandatory. Nice one dipshit! Suck my d**k, you wont get me as I don't have a mobile that's on the Internet.

    Now little Hitler wants drones Gotta be joking, its an invasion of privacy using drones.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-01/national-cabinet-coronavirus-restrictions-could-ease-next-week/12205304

    About half way down this page.

    To all who think this nut is good for the country, you are beyond help and have a very short memory of him not giving a rats arse about the bushfires and went AWOL to Hawaii with the family.

    Mark my words when this idiot gets back in as PM in the next election, you are going to pay dearly with increased taxes for all the money he has thrown around to make himself look like he cares. If he did care, he'd cut his PM pay down by 80% because he as sure as hell isn't worth $550K a year.
    Beemee
    2nd May 2020
    6:36am
    More info. Still keeping well away from it. No longer trust little Hitler, he failed on too many occasions and he's proven to me that he's not the man for that top job.

    1. The app's Bluetooth capability may be limited on iPhone if the app isn't 'foregrounded'

    2. Bugs have been found in the sign-up process, including one that may affect rural Telstra customers,
    The Government did not comment when asked for details on the timeframe for the first COVIDSafe software update.

    He found an accessibility issue when people first start entering their details into the app.
    When trying to sign up, some people may see an error message that suggests their mobile number is invalid. In some instances, this can be fixed by turning off the Wi-Fi and instead using the mobile network for initial set-up.
    The app will also try to send a verification code via SMS. That process cannot take place over Wi-Fi if you're with mobile network operators like Telstra that don't allow Wi-Fi SMS, as Gizmodo also reported.
    That means the app isn't easily accessed by those without reliable mobile reception — in rural areas, for example.
    "If the Government is going to try and get people on board … this is an outstanding [issue] that has been open now for four days," Mr Huntley said. "It needs resolving."
    Laisza
    4th May 2020
    8:01pm
    I have an Oppo smartphone- 3 years old. I tried to download the app but could not. I was told that my device is not compatible. The operating system is 5.6 and I I don't think I can upgrade it. How do the Govt expect everyone to download the app when lot of people, especially the older people do not have a smartphone?


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