Australia releases contact tracing apps


The Australian government's planned contact tracing app will reportedly be based on Singapore's TraceTogether, which relies on Bluetooth connections to detect other phones in range and log the results, so that if a phone user tests positive for COVID-19 and consents their close contacts can be alerted by uploading the logs to a centralised server. A second app, ConTrace, is in development for the Public Transport Information and Priority System; the prototype requires no personal information from users and does not disclose time or place when alerting an individual that they have been in contact with an infected person.


Writer: Joseph Brookes
Publication: Which-50