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DTA improves Bluetooth privacy on COVIDSafe – Security- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

The Digital Transformation Agency has updated its COVIDSafe contact tracing app to allow Android users to remove their user-assigned device names from being exposed over Bluetooth. The update – its third since the source code for the app was released almost three weeks ago – was pushed out on Tuesday to “further enhance the protection and […]

DTA fixes COVIDSafe Bluetooth privacy bug – Security- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

The Digital Transformation Agency has fixed a security issue with its COVIDSafe contact tracing app that exposed Android device names over Bluetooth. The update – its third since the source code for the app was released almost three weeks ago – was pushed out on Tuesday to “further enhance the protection and anonymity of users”. […]

Does the CovidSafe app work? | Australia news – Blog – Emails

The CovidSafe app, rolled out in late April, was sold to the public as a measure that would ‘save lives and protect lives’. On this episode of Full Story reporter Josh Taylor explores a series of flaws in the app that’s causing problems for users, and for at least one state health authority. How to […]

How did the Covidsafe app go from being vital to almost irrelevant? | World news – Blog – Emails

It was sold as the key to unlocking restrictions – like sunscreen to protect Australians from Covid-19 – but as the country begins to open up, the role of the Covidsafe app in the recovery seems to have dropped to marginal at best. “This is an important protection for a Covid-safe Australia,” the prime minister, […]

NSW is unable to use Covidsafe app’s data for contact tracing | Australia news – Blog – Emails

Australia’s most populous state, and the state with the most coronavirus cases has not yet been able to use the Covidsafe app for contact tracing. In nearly a month since it launched, more than 5.7 million Australians have downloaded and registered to use the Covidsafe contact-tracing app, which is designed to make it easier for […]

Questions remain over whether data collected by Covidsafe app could be accessed by US law enforcement | Law – Blog – Emails

The federal government has reassured the public that Covidsafe data held by Amazon will not be able to be accessed by US law enforcement, but a parliamentary committee is currently investigating separate legislation that would pave the way for US law enforcement to access data held in Australia. Federal parliament this week debated and passed […]

COVIDSafe privacy protections now locked in law – Strategy – Security – Software- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

The privacy protections behind Australia’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app are now enshrined in law after the underpinning legislation passed through parliament with minor improvements. The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill cleared the senate without amendments on Thursday morning, two days after it was introduced by the government. The legislation seeks to allay privacy […]

Covidsafe app: how to download Australia’s coronavirus contact tracing app, how it works, what it does and problems | Australia news – Blog – Emails

The Australian government has launched Covidsafe, an app that traces every person running the app who has been in contact with someone else using the app who has tested positive for coronavirus in the previous few weeks, in a bid to automate coronavirus contact tracing, and allow the easing of restrictions. Here’s what we know […]

DTA chief defends AWS pick for COVIDSafe – Strategy – Software- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Digital Transformation Agency chief Randall Brugeaud has defended his agency’s decision to use Amazon Web Services for the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app. Brugeaud told a Senate Inquiry into the government’s COVID-19 response that the hyperscale cloud provider was chosen due to the extent of its service offering, which extends beyond hosting. He said the […]

DTA admits COVIDSafe performance “highly variable” on iOS – Software- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

The Digital Transformation Agency has admitted there will be instances where the COVIDSafe fails to capture digital handshakes on iOS, despite previous assurances from ministers that the contact tracing app works in both the foreground and the background. But the peak IT agency maintains the Bluetooth issues aren’t clear cut, refuting claims made by some […]