Exactly why the Federal Government has decided to upgrade the COVIDSafe app after its abysmal showing as far as contact tracing is concerned is a mystery.
Augmented Reality is allowing Australian car buyers to "try on" a new Volkswagen T-Roc or T-Cross in great detail, inside and out, and visualise it in their driveway, garage or elsewhere, at different sizes, as COVIDsafe buying of big ticket items online takes off in a big way! iTWire talks to CCMO Jason Bradshaw on video to find out more.
The Queensland Department of Health has indicated that not a single COVID-19 positive individual has been identified as a COVIDSafe user in the state.
Australian Labor Party health spokesman Chris Bowen has labelled the COVIDSafe app a $2 million failure, saying that despite all the exhortations to people to download it, it had had no role and had therefore failed.
The head of an Australian cloud company says the new arrangement for awarding contracts for hosting of top-secret government data have advantages over the older one where there was a fixed list of companies certified by the Australian Signals Directorate who could cast their hat in the ring and tout for business.
After all is said and done, the only organisation to gain from the development of the COVIDSafe contact-tracing app in Australia will be the cloud company AWS that earned about $710,000 for hosting the data collected.
Once again, a federal government cloud contract has been handed on a platter to the American firm Microsoft, without local firms even getting a look in.
A number of researchers have detailed four major vulnerabilities in the Australian Government's COVIDSafe application for the iPhone and Android systems, and advised users to upgrade at once.
Data collected by the COVIDSafe app will be destroyed after the pandemic is declared over in Australia, and only the states and territories will be able to release data to show if the app was an effective tool in combatting the pandemic.
The Australian Government will pass legislation this month that will enable the deletion of data collected by the COVIDSafe app from the central collection data once the coronavirus pandemic is declared over in the country.
The Digital Transformation Agency claims that data from the government's COVIDSafe app will not be stored in data centres owned by Chinese interests.
OPINION: It is now four days since the government released its COVIDSafe tracing app. There has been a lot of debate over the privacy aspects of the app, and a lot of commentary about whether people should or shouldn’t use it.
Questions have been raised over the fact that the American cloud provider Amazon Web Services, which was given a Federal Government contract to store data collected by the government's COVIDSafe app, is using a data centre in Sydney which is fully owned by a Chinese company.
The Pearcey Foundation has released a discussion paper in response to the launch of the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app.
If Australians had any doubts that the government has a tin ear when it comes to privacy concerns, those would have disappeared after its choice of Amazon Web Services as the company which will store data collected by the COVID-19 contact-tracing app that was announced on Sunday.
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