NZ is introducing mandatory record keeping to help contact tracers. But is the data protected enough?

From 11:59pm on Tuesday September 7, every person in Aotearoa New Zealand over the age of 12 will be required to keep a record of their whereabouts, either by scanning QR codes or signing paper registers many businesses and event organisers will have to provide.

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New Zealanders haven’t been scanning in enough, and that contributed to the need for a full lockdown

Fast isolation of infected individuals is key to containing any outbreak of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, and contact tracing is a critical part of this process.

But unfortunately, we know from national statistics that the majority of New Zealanders have not been scanning enough.

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