Amazon has been handed the data storage contract for Australia’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app and concerns are rising over potential external access to the information.
Industry insiders and bureaucrats argue that giving Amazon the contract could mean COVIDSafe data can be accessed by US government agencies under a CLOUD Act subpoena.
Despite millions already downloading the COVIDSafe app, legislation to ensure privacy safeguards for citizens has only just reached drafting stage.
The results are not what privacy experts had hoped for.
The message from Australian authorities is simple, patronising and misleading: Download the COVIDSafe app and we will start letting you out of coronavirus lockdown.
Despite the claims, experts insist that surveillance tracing tools of this nature are not effective in preventing the spread of a virus, and further analysis reveals the underlying intention of the application may in fact be to log, capture and monitor citizen behaviours.
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