The Federal Parliament has just passed legislation to strengthen privacy provisions for the COVIDSafe App.

I understand that some people do have concerns about downloading the App and this legislation is designed to address some of those concerns.

I am concerned that there are some misconceptions in our community about how the App works.

Remember, downloading the App does not ‘protect’ you from getting COVID19.

It is a useful tool that will help in public health contact tracing if it emerges that you have been near someone who has the virus, or if you have unknowingly had the virus yourself and been in contact with others.

Unfortunately the App does not work with older Android phones (such as Nokias). This is something I am urging the Government to fix.

In the meantime, the App is useful tool to be able to know who we have been in contact with as we begin to move about more and more again.


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