New COVID-19 tracing app 'engages in digital handshakes'

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Government Services Minister Stuart Robert says the more Australians who "download (the "COVID Trace" app) and use it, frankly the quicker we're getting back to the footy" as the app is created to speed up the tracing process by many days.

"I treasure the government knowing as little about me as possible", Mr Joyce told Nine newspapers on Sunday.

The Minister said the app has the ability to "within minutes" give state health officials the information they need to "rapidly call other Australians". Perhaps not surprisingly, given the number of people who would need to install any such app for it to be effective, concerns have been raised that it could be used for mass surveillance.

That's because without adhering to the Apple and Google API, a contact tracking app won't be able to access Bluetooth when running in the background, and would only work when the app was open and the phone unlocked.

Apple and Google announced Friday that they are working together on Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus worldwide.

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Former First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama teamed up for a hopeful message amid the bleakness of the crisis. Company and different donors have already contributed some $35 million, organizers mentioned final week.

Set to be launched in a few weeks, the app that will trace every person who has been in contact with a mobile phone owner who has tested positive for coronavirus.

He has also reportedly sent an email to MPs, saying privacy issues are being "carefully addressed", but stressing it's an important tool to help Australia return to normal.

Speaking this morning to TVNZ 1's Breakfast ahead of the Government releasing their audit into contact tracing which has taken place in New Zealand to track Covid-19, foundation chair Gehan Gunasekara said the nation wants transparency.

In an interview with Triple M radio, Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison, said he would be calling on Australians to install the app as "a matter of national service".

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