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Frank O'Connor francisoconnor3 at tpg.com.au
Fri Aug 20 13:17:25 AEST 2021

Interesting …

But how long before we would all be required to carry the card, before its usage was expanded to cover other ‘emergency situations’, before it became a ‘weapon against terrorism’ and finally before it became an accepted part of the machinery of state.

Australians have already reacted against the Australia Card (and I’d say, rightly so) in favour of more restricted use cards for single purposes (like Medicare for example) … but the above QR could be introduced by stealth rather easily.

Me? I don’t like ApplePay and other RDID/Wifi technologies and live with my credit/debit cards (taht already provide too much transaction information to too many different parties for my liking) … and I couldn’t see myself embracing the idea of a personal QR code.

The next requirement might be that it was tattoo’d on sensitive parts of our anatomy for convenience - at birth.

Call me paranoid … but I don’t trust our political masters.

Just my 2 cents worth …

> On 20 Aug 2021, at 9:58 am, David <dlochrin at aussiebb.com.au> wrote:
> A Certain Party walked into the office yesterday morning to announce that we could generate a personal QR check-in card instead of using a mobile 'phone - see https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/create-covid-19-check-card
> The card can be downloaded and printed on the spot after entering one's check-in details, and a copy (which is probably clearer and more robust) sent by post if the relevant box is ticked.  I don't remember any obvious authentication process, but maybe the name provided is checked against the State Government address or property databases.
> This reverses the established order of things by requiring retailers, rather than their customers, to have a QR reader, and I suppose retailers can't collect more information than currently.  If no reader is available, the onus seems to be on the staff to manually enter the data.
> David Lochrin
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