The government is stealing our personal data every time you scan into their Covid QR code. This information is stored in a database operated by the government. We don’t know who has access to that data, or what happens to it. We have already seen that the government is incapable of keeping our information private.
The Privacy Act states that any government cannot force a business to demand that we scan in using the covid app, and they cannot refuse us entry into their premises because we refuse to sign in. The penalties for these two crimes are 5 years and/or a hefty fine.
However, sometimes we just want to go into a premises without arguing with the business owner.
This simple workaround creates what looks like a covid QR tick of approval, but it doesn’t send your private information to the government.
Here’s how it works:
Open your phone browser (it only works on your mobile phone) and type this into the address bar:
220.127.116.11/qld/ (for Queensland), and 18.104.22.168/nsw/ for New South Wales, and 22.214.171.124/vic/. So far, we’ve tested it in Queensland, NSW and Vic.
After you type in the address, it will open up the first screen:
Type your name, and then look at the QR displayed outside the business premises to see what name is displayed and then type that into the Location field. So for example, if you see Bli Bli Hall on the QR code displayed by the business, type that in.
When you have filled in both fields, simple click on the orange button and it will display a tick like this:
As you walk into the premises flash the tick quickly. Most people will see the tick and not examine the screen too closely. If they do ask about the numbers in the address bar you could tell them you don’t know why they are there instead of the Queensland App address.