There have been a variety of perspectives on the COVIDSafe app released on 26 April 2020 and the CovidSafe Act enacted on 14 May 2020.
Professor Peter Leonard from UNSW Business School in ‘Novel coronavirus spawns novel law-making in Australia‘, looks at the consultative process that resulted in data governance and data accountability in the CovidSafe Act to ensure that the data collected would be safe from other arms of government for other purposes.
Visting Professor Roger Clarke at UNSW Law has looked at early user-experiences of the app and questioned the ability of the app to achieve its aim – read his two articles here and here. In ‘The COVIDsafe APP: A Case Study in Professional Responsibility‘, Professor Clark sets out the role and onus of IT professionals to be realistic about the app’s limitations.
Professor Greenleaf and Dr Kemp from UNSW Law, in ‘Austalia’s COVIDSafe Experiment, Phase III: Legislation for Trust in Contact Tracing‘ examine the COVIDSafe Act and identify deficiencies around transparency and the privacy-protective provisions and suggest improvements to be made.