Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:37

COVIDSafe data will not come under metadata retention law Featured

By
COVIDSafe data will not come under metadata retention law Pixabay

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.

This is to ensure that the metadata retention act, which was passed in 2015 and requires all metadata to be retained for two years before deletion, does not apply to the COVIDSafe data.

A Health Department spokesperson told iTWire in response to queries that data on an individual's smartphone would be deleted every 21 days.

"The Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app captures Bluetooth handshake data between users of the app, when they are in close proximity to each other," the spokesperson said.

"This information is encrypted and stored on the user's own device for 21 days before it is automatically deleted. This timeframe is continually applied so no data older than 21 days is stored on the device."

Additionally, the spokesperson said, the data could not be released from the phone "unless the user received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and authorised the data to be provided to state and territory health authorities to enable them to use it to supplement their manual contact tracing process".

"The use of the data, for contact tracing processes by state and territory health authorities only, is protected under law and any other use of this information is an offence," the spokesperson added.

"Other agencies, including those in law enforcement, will not be able to access the information unless investigating misuse of that information itself. These provisions will be enshrined in legislation when the Australian Parliament returns in May.

"When the pandemic ends here in Australia, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe App from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information in the highly secure information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic."

WEBINAR event: IT Alerting Best Practices 27 MAY 2PM AEST

LogicMonitor, the cloud-based IT infrastructure monitoring and intelligence platform, is hosting an online event at 2PM on May 27th aimed at educating IT administrators, managers and leaders about IT and network alerts.

This free webinar will share best practices for setting network alerts, negating alert fatigue, optimising an alerting strategy and proactive monitoring.

The event will start at 2pm AEST. Topics will include:

- Setting alert routing and thresholds

- Avoiding alert and email overload

- Learning from missed alerts

- Managing downtime effectively

The webinar will run for approximately one hour. Recordings will be made available to anyone who registers but cannot make the live event.

REGISTER HERE!

LAYER 1 ENCRYPTION A KEY TO CYBER-SECURITY SOLUTION

Security requirements such as confidentiality, integrity and authentication have become mandatory in most industries.

Data encryption methods previously used only by military and intelligence services have become common practice in all data transfer networks across all platforms, in all industries where information is sensitive and vital (financial and government institutions, critical infrastructure, data centres, and service providers).

Get the full details on Layer-1 encryption solutions straight from PacketLight’s optical networks experts.

This white paper titled, “When 1% of the Light Equals 100% of the Information” is a must read for anyone within the fiber optics, cybersecurity or related industry sectors.

To access click Download here.

DOWNLOAD!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

VENDOR NEWS & WEBINARS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments