West Australian Government pushes a third party app, claiming it is extremely secure.

West Australian Government pushes a third party app, claiming it is extremely secure. By Alex Magnusson.

The West Australia Government is pushing the ServiceWA App:

[With] the ServiceWA app, you won’t need to show identification with your Covid-19 digital certificate to enter businesses and venues like you would with a certificate stored in your digital wallet or hard copy. This is because you use a digital identity to set up the ServiceWA app. Your digital identity helps you prove who you are online, meaning the app is safe, secure and not accessible by anyone else.”’

 — Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson.

But read the fine print on the WA Government’s website:

Information collected using the ServiceWA app may be disclosed to, and used by: …

  • authorities with powers and responsibilities in relation to COVID-19 (and those helping them)
  • those to whom the WA Government is required or authorised (by law) disclose your information (e.g. a court or tribunal, or another government body)
  • the WA Government’s other service providers for the purpose of assisting the WA Government to operate, manage, use and improve ServiceWA.

This is plainly ridiculous and dangerous: the privacy statement contradicts the claim that the app is safe, secure and not accessible by anyone else. It shares data with other government bodies. “Other service providers” and  “those helping them” could include consultants, some third parties, anyone really.

Dr Ru Shi:

It will infringe on people’s privacy. The government can link the vaccine passport to your everyday life and financial status.

It is not difficult to imagine that this is paving the way for the promotion of the CCP-style social credit system, and 1984-style tracking and monitoring of citizens. By then, anyone who criticizes the government will be barred from entering certain places and even his/her bank account will be frozen.

hat-tip Steve Blizzard