Queensland’s COVID app downloaded a million times in a fortnight18th March 2021
The Queensland government’s official COVID-19 check-in app has been downloaded more than 1 million times in the two weeks since it was officially rolled out.
That is despite the app not being mandatory, although the government has been pushing it as a good alternative to entering a person’s details multiple times across multiple different data systems.
Minister for Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said more than 7600 businesses had taken up the app, with more than 1 million Queenslanders downloading it to their phones.
“I knew it would have a huge take-up, but I think it surprised many people that we are reaching a million [downloads] already, just 2½ weeks after launching the app,” the minister said.
Certainly when we were trialling this app, we took some time to make sure we got this right, so that it would be easy for customers to be able to use it.”
Like most tracking apps, the government’s app has users scan a QR code; however, it requires that they enter their details only once, instead of having to re-enter them every time they scan the QR code.
The user’s details are stored on government servers and deleted after 56 days, to reassure people there is no data collection occurring.
Queensland was the final jurisdiction in Australia to publicly release a COVID-tracking app, as the country’s states and territories moved to standardise their contact-tracing efforts.