COVIDSafe Briefing Document


The Australian government is encouraging Australians to download Covidsafe, the newly launched COVID-19 tracing app. The app, based on source code from Singapore’s TraceTogether, logs Bluetooth connections between activated devices within 1.5 metres of each other for 15 minutes, with the aim of notifying us within a 21 day window if we’ve been in proximity to an app user who has tested positive. 

Before we embrace this app (at the time of writing, 1 million Australians have already downloaded it within the first 24 hours of launching) we must consider the consequences for individuals as well as society as a whole. This briefing note is intended to offer some critical food for thought and questions to ask yourself before you download and use this technology.

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