The Electronic Transformation Agency has set a stability concern with its COVIDSafe get hold of tracing app that uncovered Android unit names above Bluetooth.

The update – its 3rd because the resource code for the app was unveiled virtually 3 months in the past – was pushed out on Tuesday to “further boost the safety and anonymity of users”.

It introduces “new measures to the Bluetooth get hold of tracing protocol” to clear away the visibility of Android devices names, as effectively as “an further layer of encryption for the electronic handshake”. 

The concern was lifted by computer software developer Jim Mussared and cryptographic researcher Eleanor McMurty in their extensive summary of the app’s privacy concerns.

Prior to the update, the paid out explained Android telephone model names and user-assigned unit names have been transmitted above Bluetooth, allowing for for unit re-identification and tracking.

As we keep on to iteratively boost the COVIDSafe app, safeguarding the privacy of Australian’s is at the forefront of our efforts,” the DTA explained in a statement.

“We would like to thank associates of the community, such as computer software developers and scientists, who have worked with us in addressing these concerns.”

The update also introduces a new element that “improves accessibility for men and women who use textual content to speech technology” to navigate and use the app.

The DTA explained the” advancements consist of far better descriptions of fields within just the app, such as the age assortment range when registering, and far better recognition of again arrows”.

Other important advancements to COVIDSafe to date consist of advancements to Bluetooth general performance on iOS devices, such as when the unit is locked.

This was manufactured achievable with new code sourced from the the UK’s NHSX get hold of tracing app, which has been made by the Nationwide Well being Service’s healthtech device.

Nonetheless, the DTA is yet to depth whether these advancements have fully set the Bluetooth concerns that have been verified by the company to effects general performance on iOS devices

The DTA will also glance to strengthen COVIDSafe bluetooth general performance even further adhering to the launch of the Google and Apple publicity notification application programming interface.

In accordance to the ABC, the DTA and the Division of Well being are now tests the API to fully grasp how it can be applied to Australia. 

The DTA explained it would keep on to update the COVIDSafe app primarily based on interior opinions and feed-back from the community, with the next update slated ot be unveiled sometime in June.

“We are now working on the next COVIDSafe update, which will be unveiled in June,” it explained.

Additional than six million Australians have now downloaded and registered for the COVIDSafe app.