‘They didn’t tell the truth’: The ‘real problem’ behind Victoria’s QR code cover up

The real problem behind the Victorian government’s QR code cover up is that “they didn’t tell people the truth”, says Thomson Geer Lawyers’ John-Paul Cashen.

It comes as a secret Supreme Court ruling confirmed personal information shared with Victorian contract tracers does not have absolute protection.

The new ruling means third-party companies, crime-fighting agencies and other authorities like WorkCover can apply to access the data.

Since the start of the pandemic contract tracers have maintained any details shared would only be used for public health purposes.

“What they really should have been doing is saying to people ‘we will keep your information as confidential as we can – but it’s not absolute’,” Mr Cashen told Sky News host Caleb Bond.

“That’s the real problem – they didn’t tell people the truth – it was really a very easy fix.”

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