QR codes are visual patterns that store data smartphones can read.
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Here’s what happens when you scan one of those ubiquitous two-dimensional black-and-white patterns.
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Vaccine passes are easy to fake. Unless venues and businesses make sure to verify them and check the identity of the pass holder, COVID will likely continue to spread.
China has used big data collection systems to keep COVID under control. How the government plans to use these new capabilities in its national surveillance system has many concerned.
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Revelations that WA police accessed data from the state’s QR code contact-tracing app threaten to put a serious dent in the public’s trust. And this trust is a crucial element of our COVID defences.
For now, it seems the benefits to Australia’s public health may be better served by other technology. And the public cost of maintaining the COVIDSafe app may not be in our collective interest.
Business and consumers are demanding more data than ever, and the traditional barcode isn’t cutting it any more.
Think of the risks before scanning that QR code.
Imagine this: you’re surfing the web while out at lunch. You decide to buy concert tickets, so to save having to put your sandwich down you ask a passer-by to log in to the ticketing website for you. As…