Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Legislate to protect QR check-in data
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the privacy of data collected by QR Code check-in and the Service Victoria app for the purpose of COVID-19 contact tracing.

There have been reports that Western Australia Police accessed data from the digital COVID-19 contact register system, SafeWA for the purpose of a criminal investigation. There are also reports that Victoria Police have tried, unsuccessfully, to access data from Service Victoria.

The Service Victoria app is frequently used and Victorians would be comfortable if there was legislation that did not allow Victoria Police or any other jurisdiction to access QR check-in information. Access should be limited to contact tracers and the Department of Health.

On 22 June 2021, Acting Premier James Merlino advised that legislation was unnecessary as Victoria Police require a court order to access such data. This advice is not sufficient.

The Service Victoria app is a powerful tool for quickly tracing COVID-19 contacts. The data helps to contain outbreaks and reduce the need for lockdowns. However, stronger protections are needed for this data. Contact tracing is the only reason that such data should be accessed or used. It is necessary to maintain public trust in such a tool, so that it can be confidently used on a regular basis.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to introduce legislation that protects data collected through QR check-ins and limits access to this data to contact tracers and the Department of Health for contact tracing and outbreak management purposes only.
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