Then: #censusfail (it's not actually anonymous after all, and "OMG hackers!" being the first response when you tell everyone to log on and fill in the form on a specific day and then have a lot of website traffic on that particular day). My Health Record (basically any of the hundreds of thousands of people working in the health care system had access to individual's data, including insurers using it for marketing) Robodebt (where the government wanted to rip off poor people and deliberately engineered the calculations to claw back money by ignoring the detailed information supplied by the individual) Centerlink crash March '20 ("OMG hackers!" being the first response after closing millions of people's places of employment on the Friday and being shocked that the welfare system's website is getting a lot of traffic on the Monday). The NBN (where to even start?) Now: Download this app which will track you and the people you come in close contact with, which has: - No dedicated legislation protecting the use (or mis-use) of any data collected from local law enforcement (including, for example, local council rangers and the RSPCA, who have access to NSW Opal card data) - No written guarantee that the data isn't accessible to foreign intelligence services (Amazon being required by U.S. law to turn over any data to U.S. intel, regardless of where in the world it is being stored) - No source code for independent experts to examine so as to verify the app is safe, secure and actually does what it's supposed to to, without software bugs that introduce errors I don't doubt it's being done with the best of intentions, but our government has a long history of treating us like mugs when it comes to technology, both in "mission creep" where entirely new "features" get bolted-on without public discussion or scrutiny, and in plain old politicking where expert opinion gets sidelined in favor of ideology and good ideas are dismissed because they came from "the other side".