Excerpt from an article by Kelsie Nabben and Chris Berg*
These legal regimes reveal a gap between the public’s and the government’s conceptions of “privacy”.
You may think privacy means the government won’t share your private information. But judging by its general approach, the government thinks privacy means it will only share your information if it has authorised itself to do so.
Fundamentally, once you’ve told the government something, it has broad latitude to share that information using legislative exemptions and permissions built up over decades. This is why, when it comes to data security, mathematical guarantees trump legal “guarantees”.
For example, data collected by COVIDSafe may be accessible to various government departments through the recent anti-encryption legislation, the Assistance and Access Act. And you could be prosecuted for not properly self-isolating, based on your COVIDSafe data.
A right to feel secure
Moving forward, we may see more iterations of contact tracing technology in Australia and around the world.
The World Health Organisation is advocating for interoperability between contact tracing apps as part of the global virus response. And reports from Apple and Google indicate contact tracing will soon be built into your phone’s operating system.
As our government considers what to do next, it must balance privacy considerations with public health. We shouldn’t be forced to choose one over another.
This article appeared first on The Conversation on 30 April 2020. http://tinyurl.com/y9ngs893