I work for an IT firm and am currently the person in charge of doing onsite troubleshooting for PCs in the office while everyone is working from home (Remote Desktop solution we adopt requires out PCs to be on but there are still issues).
Recently the Australian Government came out with a Coronovirus Tracking app that uses bluetooth to handshake other users and store these handshakes so that if any of them gets Coronovirus we are notified. i have my own privacy and security concerns about this app however the Australian Government has said it's option for people to use
Do I have to use the contact app?
• No. Its use is entirely voluntary, but using it will help save lives.
Today when I got into work I saw a company wide email talking about this, the part that concerned me was this
It is required that all employees are to install the COVIDSafe app on either a work provided phone or a personal phone.
I know some people have been provided with mobiles from work but not everyone (myself included) and even if I was provided with a work mobile I would still object to installing the app because of my concerns. While the email does not explicitly state that installing this app is a requirement for continued employment the fact it says installing it required and doesn't say anything about those who choose not to seems makes me concerned.
What can I do to proceed?
Though I don't think it matters to the question, my concerns about the app is not only the obvious potential to track people but also
- the Australian Government had security and privacy issues with the roll out of the National Health Record which dimly colours the rollout of this app
- I keep my bluetooth off to extend the battery as I live in a remote area and phone reception needs to be boosted at times which already causes enough of a drain