COVIDSafe App - Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

7 Pages Posted: 7 May 2020

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Lyria Bennett Moses

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Genna Churches

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Faculty of Law

Monika Zalnieriute

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Andrew C. Byrnes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Jackie Leach Scully

University of Newcastle - School of Geography, Politics and Sociology; University of New South Wales

Katharine Kemp

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Graham Greenleaf

Independent Scholar

Date Written: May 7, 2020

Abstract

This submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights sets out how the Australian government’s scheme around the COVIDSafe app can better align with the human right to privacy. We recognise the app pursues a legitimate objective and that the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements—Public Health Contact Information) Determination 2020 (Cth) and exposure draft of Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020 provide important protections. Nevertheless, we make a series of recommendations that would improve the transparency of the scheme and better protect the privacy of those downloading and using the app.

Keywords: COVIDSafe, contact tracing app, Australia, COVID-19, Covid 19, Coronavirus, Corona virus, apps, privacy, human rights, Bluetooth, Biosecurity, pandemic

Suggested Citation

Bennett Moses, Lyria and Churches, Genna and Zalnieriute, Monika and Byrnes, Andrew C. and Scully, Jackie Leach and Scully, Jackie Leach and Kemp, Katharine and Greenleaf, Graham, COVIDSafe App - Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (May 7, 2020). UNSW Law Research, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3595109 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3595109

Lyria Bennett Moses

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Genna Churches (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Monika Zalnieriute

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Andrew C. Byrnes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

Jackie Leach Scully

University of New South Wales ( email )

Disability Innovation Institute
UNSW, Randwick
Sydney, 2052
Australia
0447750790 (Phone)

University of Newcastle - School of Geography, Politics and Sociology ( email )

United Kingdom

Katharine Kemp

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Graham Greenleaf

Independent Scholar ( email )

Sydney
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/

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