Australia launches Covid-19 contact-tracing mobile phone application

Australia launches Covid-19 contact-tracing mobile phone application

Australia launches Covid-19 contact-tracing mobile phone application
Australia has launched Covid-19 contact-tracing mobile phone application. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said social restrictions could be eased if enough people download the app. The app needs to be downloaded by 40% of the population to be effective, according to the government.

The contact-tracing app - based on one introduced in Singapore - uses bluetooth to "ping" or exchange a "digital handshake" with another user when they come within 1.5 metres of each other.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said social restrictions could be eased if enough people download the app.

The app needs to be downloaded by 40% of the population to be effective, according to the government.

But concerns have been raised about privacy and the storing of personal information. Health Minister Greg Hunt described safeguarding measures as "the strongest ever", insisting only state health authorities can access the information. The data will be deleted after 21 days.