NZ COVID Tracer
Is Tracer a trojan horse
Not introduced by brute force
But deviously by stealth
By The Ministry of Health
Developed more in due course
21 May 2020
New Zealand has introduced a very lightweight App (a digital diary). The app uses QR codes to store where you have been. All data is stored on your smart phone for 31 days. No data is shared (currently) unless you give permission.
I am not suggesting that Tracer is a virus!
Until future development may allow businesses to scan personal QR-codes, it is difficult to see how this app can be used effectively for tracing unless you are contacted through other tracing methods or if you self-report symptoms. It will not by itself presently help locate other potential contacts unless businesses maintain their own lists of customers with date-time stamps. Retail businesses in New Zealand are not required to do this.
A 6-digit numeric code is required to register for the app. This will allow up to 1 million people to register.
Using the app
The first time you open NZ COVID Tracer, you’ll be asked to enter your email address and create a password. You’ll then receive an email with a 6-digit code that will allow you to complete the registration process.
An update to NZ COVID Tracer will be released early next month. This will allow you to electronically transmit a digital diary of the locations you have visited to the NCCS. You will also be able to receive a notification if you have visited a high-risk location, self-report symptoms if you think you may have COVID-19, and carry out a daily health check-in if you are in self-isolation.
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