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The acceptability and uptake of smartphone tracking for COVID-19 in Australia

Paul Michael Garrett, Joshua Paul White, Stephan Lewandowsky, Yoshihisa Kashima, Andrew Perfors, Daniel R Little, Nic Geard, Lewis Mitchell, Martin Tomko, Simon Dennis

Center for Open Science


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Governments are instituting mobile tracking technologies to perform rapid contact tracing. However, these technologies are only effective if the public is willing to use them, implying that their perceived public health benefits must outweigh personal concerns over privacy and security. The Australian federal government recently launched the `COVIDSafe' app, designed to anonymously register nearby contacts. If a contact later identifies as infected with COVID-19, health department officials can rapidly followup with their registered contacts to stop the virus' spread. The current study assessed attitudes towards three tracking technologies (telecomm..

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