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Design and development of the Tracing App was carried out by the Digital Transformation Agency, an agency of the federal government.13 The government initially ruled out working with Apple and Google in this connection. More recently, however, the Digital Transformation Agency has indicated that it is now working with Apple and Google with a view to integrating their exposure notification API into the Tracing App, in order to address problems experienced in its interface with the iPhone operating system.14 Apple and Google seem, therefore, likely to emerge as winners too, by their gaining an opportunity to reinforce public perceptions of their indispensability to all aspects of contemporary life.

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Some healthcare sector service technology providers may benefit from growing recourse to digital healthcare technology in connection with the pandemic. In particular, providers of diagnostic imaging services employing digital technology may benefit financially if higher-than-usual levels of CT scanning become apparent in connection with new diagnostic and therapeutic protocols adopted across the public hospital system (although reported decline in routine medical consultations in connection with the pandemic may render these outcomes equivocal). Expanded government funding for telehealth consultations may also encourage greater use of proprietary digital telehealth platforms. Policy, policing, parliaments, and polling The governing privacy policy for the Info App, described above, is the privacy policy adopted by the federal Department of Health (most recently in 2017)15 under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).16 Data use in connection with the Tracing App is also governed by a dedicated COVIDSafe App privacy policy.17 In addition, amendments to the Privacy Act were enacted in mid-May 2020 to create offences for using data collected by the Tracing App for purposes other than contact tracing.18 The government solicited a privacy impact assessment of the Tracing App from a private law firm, Maddocks. This assessment was made publicly available, as was the source code for the Tracing App.19 Government policy-making in connection with COVID-19 has primarily proceeded by issuance of regulations and determinations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth),20

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