Gov’t tackles COVIDSafe Bluetooth, security concerns with update – ARNnet

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The federal government has pushed an update for its controversial COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app in an effort to address Bluetooth performance issues and privacy advocates’ security concerns. 

The government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) revealed on 14 May it had released the second of a planned series of updates for the app, providing a set of new enhancements.

One of the focus areas with the latest update is the app’s Bluetooth performance. The latest update includes new code from the United Kingdom Government’s National Health Service app (NHSX) aimed at improving the COVIDSafe app’s Bluetooth performance on iOS devices, including when the device is locked.

Security also features heavily in the latest update, with the government introducing new improvements to the security and stability of the app, including guidance about Bluetooth pairing to inform individuals in making decisions about their own privacy. 

“We have also included improvements that further strengthen security for Android users,” the DTA said in a blog post.


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