- The UK government is this week launching a mobile app for tracking and tracing the coronavirus.
- It will be trialed on the 141,000 people living on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England.
According to LineageOS developers, the hacking took place after the attacker used an unpatched vulnerability to breach its Salt installation.
Despite debates about data privacy, three million Australians downloaded the new tracing app, COVIDSafe, within 72 hours of its launch by the Federal Government last month to help track the spread of coronavirus.
This rapid take-up suggests that many of us have become comfortable living with data “in the cloud” as we navigate our way around the web. We expect that our data will be protected, whilst we happily say ‘yes’ to cookies, do our banking online, and allow apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Skype to track our movements.
People caught making unauthorised use of the COVIDSafe app data, including transferring or storing it offshore, could face up to five years imprisonment under privacy safeguards contained in draft legislation.