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Scott Morrison hints tracing app could be mandatory for Australians in exchange for lifting lockdown

Mobile phone tracking software could be compulsory if not enough Australians voluntarily download the application to help in coronavirus case tracing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says at least 40 per cent of the population needs to use the app to make it effective.

‘My preference is to give Australians a go at getting it right. That’s my plan A and I really want plan A to work,’ he told Triple M on Friday. 

Mr Morrison has likened using the tracing app to national service.

‘I know this would be something they might not normally do at an ordinary time but this is not an ordinary time. If you download this app you’ll be helping save someone’s life,’ he said. 

Better contact tracing is one of three main benchmarks the government wants to meet before strict restrictions can be lifted. 








Mobile phone tracking software could be compulsory if not enough Australians voluntarily download the application to help in coronavirus case tracing

Mobile phone tracking software could be compulsory if not enough Australians voluntarily download the application to help in coronavirus case tracing 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says at least 40 per cent of the population needs to use the app to make it effective

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says at least 40 per cent of the population needs to use the app to make it effective 

The other two are a broader testing regime and a greater capacity to respond to local outbreaks.

Mr Morrison says the app won’t be used by police as evidence to prosecute people for breaching social distancing requirements.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese – who found out about the app in the newspaper – is concerned about the prospect of forcibly being tracked.

‘One of the things that would occur if that was the government response would be people would simply stop taking their phone to places,’ he told reporters.

‘It’s up to the government, frankly, to explain exactly what it has in mind with this app and to be very clear with the Australian public about whether it is going to be voluntary or whether it is going to be some level of compulsion involved.’

Privacy issues are being worked through before an opt-in app is launched.

The app is being developed based on a Singaporean version, TraceTogether.

It uses Bluetooth to plot people who had spent 15 minutes or more in close proximity to a person with coronavirus.

They then share the records with authorities when asked to be part of a tracing investigation.








'I know this would be something they might not normally do at an ordinary time but this is not an ordinary time. If you download this app you'll be helping save someone's life,' he said

‘I know this would be something they might not normally do at an ordinary time but this is not an ordinary time. If you download this app you’ll be helping save someone’s life,’ he said 

Better contact tracing is one of three main benchmarks the government wants to meet before strict restrictions can be lifted

Better contact tracing is one of three main benchmarks the government wants to meet before strict restrictions can be lifted 

Like Tinder for the coronavirus age: How tracing app actually works

The TraceTogether app uses Bluetooth on mobile phones to link up with other phones nearby.

It is then able to track when two people are in close proximity with one another, providing times, dates and locations.

That information would become useful if one of those people was known to have contracted COVID-19.

If officials need to call upon the data, they can determine who a person’s close contacts are based on the proximity to another person and the length of time spent with them.

‘If you had close contact with a COVID-19 case, whether or not you know the person, TraceTogether helps contact tracers call you more quickly,’ the Singaporean app’s developer states.

‘Being contacted earlier allows us to better protect those around us, reducing the spread of COVID-19.

‘TraceTogether makes it faster to complete contact tracing on a national level. When more people use it, we will be safer together.’

One of the main issues in containing the virus has been the long and labour-intensive process of tracing contacts of people diagnosed with COVID-19.

This system could alleviate hours of work from already over-stretched health officials, making it much easier to find people who may be at risk – and stop them spreading the virus any further.

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