Prime Minister COVIDSafe app usage

Alfie John made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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From: Alfie John

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

In the past 30 days from this request, I would like a record of each day the Prime Minister used, and did not use, the COVIDSafe app for more than 1 hour, more than 2 hours, and more than 4 hours, after leaving home.

Alfie

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alfie

 

We refer to your email (attached), made to the Prime Minister’s Office
(PMO), for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).

 

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides the PMO with
administrative support in the processing of FOI requests made to the PMO.
We have accordingly forwarded your email to the PMO for consideration.

 

We will advise you of future developments in this matter (PMO reference:
FOI/PMO/2020/052).

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. +61 2 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] |

[2]www.pmc.gov.au

PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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The Department acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country
throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and
community. We pay our respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both
past and present.

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Simon Victory left an annotation ()

I wonder, what's your definition of "used"? The app, is meant to be "set and forget". You install it, ensure your bluetooth is on, and then leave it alone, until such time you uninstall it. It's not like Facebook where you open it up and have your eyeballs spend time looking at it.

Really don't think the PMO will be able to fulfill your request.

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Alfie John left an annotation ()

Hi Simon,

Unless things have changed for iOS since, COVIDSafe does not run in the background on iOS. You have to have your phone unlocked, and the app in the foreground to work 🤦‍♂️

"This is because Apple's iOS rules typically prevent third-party apps from running in the background and broadcasting Bluetooth signals."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-27/h...

The Australian government did not wait for Google and Apple to update APIs for contact tracing before releasing their app:

https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2020/0...

If they have updated COVIDSafe since, users would need to reinstall and then enable the new background permissions before working.

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alfie

 

Please find attached the decision from the Office of the Prime Minister in
relation to your request.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. [Phone Number Hidden]

e. [1][DPMC request email] |

[2]www.pmc.gov.au

PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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The Department acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country
throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and
community. We pay our respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both
past and present.

______________________________________________________________________

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that is confidential and may also be the subject of legal professional or
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From: Alfie John

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Dear FOI,

Are you able to clarify your response please... the attached PDF is completely blank. Was this an error, or was a blank PDF intentional?

Alfie John

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OFFICIAL
Dear Alfie

The attached PDF in the email we sent to you last Friday 20 November 2020 (attached again here) was not a blank PDF, it was a signed decision.

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FOI Adviser
FOI and Privacy | Legal Policy Branch
Government Division
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
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e. [DPMC request email] |
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PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600


The Department acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alfie John <[FOI #6820 email]>
Sent: Friday, 20 November 2020 9:43 PM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Re: FOI/PMO/2020/052 - Freedom of information - decision [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear FOI,

Are you able to clarify your response please... the attached PDF is completely blank. Was this an error, or was a blank PDF intentional?

Alfie John

-----Original Message-----

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alfie

 

Please find attached the decision from the Office of the Prime Minister in relation to your request.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. [Phone Number Hidden]

e. [1][DPMC request email] |

[2]www.pmc.gov.au

PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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The Department acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

References

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2. http://www.pmc.gov.au/
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4. https://www.linkedin.com/company/departm...
5. https://twitter.com/indigenous_gov
6. https://www.facebook.com/indigenous.gov....

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Witherspoon left an annotation ()

All documents uploaded to right to know are being corrupted due to a technical issue it seems.

This has been going on for days and it appears there is little chance for a quick resolution.

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