A critical problem with the bill is it allows the federal government to collect much more personal data from COVIDSafe users than is necessary for contact tracing.
Politicians and public health officials appeal to our sense of fairness in requesting the public's co-operation in controlling the pandemic. But COVID-19 doesn't affect everyone equally.
New Zealanders are preparing to stay at home for four weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Under existing laws, people who flout lockdown rules could face fines or six months in jail.
Recently, police forces have come under criticism for their engagement of facial recognition technologies. But pandemic response plans may increasingly incorporate surveillance.
In an age of social media and the propensity for misinformation to spread like wildfire, organizations and governments should consider social media strategies in pandemic response planning.
From China and South Korea to Italy and the US, different countries are taking very different approaches to COVID-19 – with varying degrees of success.