The Parliament of Australia passed legislation that offers stronger privacy protections for the country's COVIDSafe contact tracing app, The New Daily reports. Fines and jail time may be administered to anyone who tries to illicitly access app data, refuse to serve anyone who hasn't downloaded the app or forced an individual to sign up. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll found 61% of Americans value stopping the spread of COVID-19 over protecting privacy. In an op-ed for STAT, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal explain why contact tracing must balance public health and privacy.
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