By Cameron Abbott, Warwick Andersen, Rob Pulham and Max Evans
We previously blogged
about the plethora of Asian countries who are using telecommunications
networks, smart phone applications and messaging services to inform, track and
monitor individuals who may have contracted COVID-19. It appears that
Australia’s eyes are on similar technology opportunities, as according to an
article from the SMH,
the Federal Government will ask Australians “within weeks” to opt in
and sign up for a mobile application that uses tracking data to alert
individuals as to their risks of contracting COVID-19.
According to the article, the
relevant application will monitor the movements of participants to inform
individuals whether they have been close to someone already infected with
COVID-19. The application also has the functionality to enable someone who has
contracted the virus to notify health authorities and ensure that an alert is
sent to anyone he or she has been in contact with over the previous 24 hours.
Both of these processes are part of what is known as “contact tracing”.