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The Federal Government believes restrictions on the community could be eased in the months ahead if there's more testing, greater surveillance of those infected by the coronavirus and much faster tracing of those they've had contact with. It is developing a mobile phone app with the private sector to help monitor Australians' daily interactions. The ABC understands the app will be ready in a fortnight but the Government believes it would need at least 40 per cent of Australians to voluntarily sign up for it to be effective. The app would be opt-in only and not mandatory. Coronavirus update: Follow the latest news in our daily wrap. It is understood the app would plot who had spent 15 minutes or more in close proximity with a person who proves to be COVID-19 positive. The challenge facing the Government will be encouraging enough Australians to sign up. Singapore, which is considered a more compliant society, has developed a similar app but only 20 per cent of its citizens have agreed to share their mobile phone data with the Government. That app, called TraceTogether, uses bluetooth technology to record contact with other people, even if you do not know them. Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed technological tactics in the fight against COVID-19 with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong three weeks ago. Singapore even shared some computer coding to help with the app development. "We need a greater degree of tracing capability for contacts, and that can happen much more quickly than it does now," Mr Morrison said on Tuesday. "We need a greater health capacity to be able to respond to these sort of outbreaks and respond very effectively. "Brendan Murphy speaks at a press conference. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy also indicated the app was in the advanced stages of development. "We're very keen to use it and use it perhaps even more extensively than Singapore," Dr Murphy said. "Obviously there's a conversation to be had with the community on the acceptability of it. "But we think that the idea of the app is a really excellent one if you've programmed it properly, and got the right community buy-in, so we're actively looking at that." Attorney General Christian Porter is examining the privacy implications of the app.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: IAMALLYETALLIAM
Geo fencing was always the next step.
Gotta test it out to make sure it works right?
Well boys and girls. Take a look around. We're spending trillions in an effort to redistribute wealth. Propping up the markets artificially. We had the patriot act not too long ago, making it possible to circumvent every part of the constitution so long as you're deemed the T word. Now we're on complete lock down. Five eyes have been spying on the whole western world. Now they're starting to humor full blown geo fencing. What's next, social credit score?
For as much as we act like we're on some platitude of muh free society, muh rights, and free markets... We're all starting to look like the very things we all collectively escaped at one time, and still criticize others for now.
I can't tell the difference between us, authoritarians, communists, take your pick. The only thing anyone can argue that much of what I listed isn't implemented widespread... Well, it's all in place. All they gotta do is flip a switch.