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Virus checklist sparks privacy concerns for patrons at pubs, cafes

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Many businesses have turned to paper forms, often in books or spreadsheets, allowing other patrons to see the personal data.

The collection of personal data at cafes, pubs and restaurants to notify patrons of a potential coronavirus outbreak has sparked privacy concerns.

Since lockdowns began to be eased around the country businesses are required to keep contact information for all customers, workers and contractors, including names, addresses and mobile phone numbers for at least 56 days.

It's part of the COVID Safe Checklist where the information is to be "captured and stored confidentially and securely".

This is to ensure that if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the establishment, they are able to easily contact anyone who visited during that time period and make sure they are tested and the virus doesn't spread.

But many businesses have turned to paper forms, often in books or spreadsheets, allowing other patrons to see the personal data.

It's prompted privacy concerns with calls for more specific rules about collecting and storing information.

Civil libertarians claim other patrons can easily access your name, address and phone number, allowing anyone to keep tabs on who has been there throughout the day.

While some establishments say they are locking the lists up in a safe area, others are simply keeping it up on a desk or in public view for days on end.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/privacy-concerns-around-covid-safe-checklist-for-pubs-cafes-restaurants/9c760f56-749f-404b-b59f-6645155b904e

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