Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims

Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims

Josh Taylor 19/09/2020

Digital transformation agency says disclosing information would ‘adversely affect’ commonwealth-state relations

The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations.

Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the community to help identify close contacts in the event of an individual positive Covid-19 test.

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