The Australian government’s new coronavirus app is now live, with everyone encouraged to download.
COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth to track whether users come in contact with confirmed cases of the virus.
It’s hoped that the app will allow us to relax lockdown restrictions quicker, while keeping people safe.
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“The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary.
“Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians.
“The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus,” reads the government’s website.
Since last night, over a million Australians have downloaded the app.
That’s despite initial concerns around privacy, though the government has assured that personal data will be ‘destroyed’ after the pandemic ends.
“At the end of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe app from their phone.
“This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained in the information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic,” the website reads.
As at 10:30 PM 1 million Australians have now downloaded and registered for the #CovidSafeapp – please join us and help protect ourselves, our families, each other but above all else our nurses and doctors
— Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) April 26, 2020
For more information on the app, click here.