Fraud risk with COVID-19 Check In Qld app is not a mistake, says minister, no new societal cases registered

A feature in the Check In Queensland app that makes it possible to upload other people’s vaccination certificates is not a mistake, according to Digital Economy Minister Leanne Enoch.

Concerns were raised last week that the feature would allow unvaccinated people to fraudulently claim someone else’s vaccination certificate as their own.

Today, Ms Enoch defended the app, saying such a scam would be “incredibly difficult” to commit.

“The function of the app [is] to be able to ensure that you can show that your children or your partner have also been vaccinated, “Ms Enoch said.

She said this was “no error” in the app.

“If you pass on your personal information to someone else for purposes that are not suitable for, then what you are actually doing is committing fraud and identity theft … and that is illegal.

“We have included these features to make it easier to prove vaccination, and we have been working with the federal government to be able to link these vaccination certificates to that app.

“We always try to ensure that people do not engage in illegal activity … if they are caught, there will be a fine and the fine is very large.

“I would not encourage anyone to give away their identity, their personal details and of course their log-on details to random people. You expose yourself to all sorts of other vulnerabilities if you start giving away the private details.”

Ms Enoch said similar apps were used in the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania, with the special feature added to make it easier to prove vaccination status.

Three COVID cases in quarantine, exposure points at Brisbane Airport

No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Queensland community, but three cases have surfaced in hotel quarantine among people arriving from the interstate.

As a result, Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said there were several exposure points at Brisbane Airport.

“If you’ve been to any of these places and it’s the gates they arrived at, the luggage carousel or the bathrooms, just come out and get tested,” said Dr. Aitken.

“That’s the big question at the moment.”

Dr. Aitken said there were “fewer than 10 people” in Queensland hotel quarantine – either in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast – who had traveled to Australia from one of the nine South African countries carrying the Omicron COVID variant.

He said none of these people had tested positive for COVID.

Australian states and territories yesterday reintroduced the border rules in response to the new Omicron tribe, which was first identified in southern Africa and has since been discovered in several countries around the world.

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