Monday, October 25, 2021

Another Australian state launches home quarantine app with facial recognition, geolocation tech

Victoria is the latest Australian state to introduce home quarantine testing using facial recognition and geolocation apps.

Health Minister Martin Foley called on Victorians aged 18 and older and volunteers currently in isolation at home to take part in the four-week-long trial. The trial is being seen as an alternative to hotel quarantine.

“This will help Victorians get back overseas and internationally as soon as possible as part of the national plan,” Foley told reporters on September 28.

Participants will have to download the Home Quarantine App on their smartphones. At certain times the app will send a notice which, in turn, will require the person to respond within five minutes to prove that they are isolating at home.

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Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley speaks to the media in Melbourne, Australia on September 28, 2021. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“Should not be answered over a period of time, follow-up calls or visits are made to make sure the person is where they should be,” Foley said. “It would be an easy and low-nuisance way to make sure people are doing all the right things, protecting themselves and protecting the community.”

New South Wales (NSW) earlier this month announced its own home quarantine test and app, which included 175 double-dose vaccinated people.

In August, South Australia (SA) began its trial, pleased with the results from state premier Steven Marshall.

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“I think that [the app] A great innovation that can be rolled out across the country,” Marshall told Sky News Australia on 12 September. “After all, home-based quarantine has gotten better … but it’s also safer.”

However, there are significant privacy concerns surrounding the app. The NSW Government said that user privacy will be protected through the same mechanism as the current service NSW Check-In App.

However, it turns out that police in other states in Australia have violated privacy terms and accessed location data in check-in apps during criminal investigations, undermining public confidence in the promise of increased privacy. has gone.

Toby Walsh, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of NSW, said there were reasons to be concerned about home quarantine apps.

Walsh said apps are easy to hack, facial recognition software is often flawed, and fundamental privacy rights are eroded.

“If home-quarantine apps work successfully, will they open the door to facial recognition being used in other settings? How to identify shoppers? To provide access to wellness? Or for healthcare? Which Orwellian world will this take us into?” Walsh said.

Rebecca Zhu

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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