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Grim day with record numbers in NSW and ACT and rising Victorian cases – as it happened

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Before we wrap up the live blog, let’s recap the main events of today.

It’s been another grim day. The NSW and ACT reported record case numbers. Victoria has warned of a NSW-style growth in its numbers.

Civil liberties groups have criticised a lack of safeguards and primary legislation accompanying an app being trialled in South Australia that uses facial recognition and geolocation data to enforce home quarantine.

SA is trialling the app, which the government developed, on a small number of volunteers who have returned from interstate. It requires them to answer a message within 15 minutes, using facial recognition and geolocation to verify their identity and location. If they fail to do so, the app alerts police.

It’s the usual thing, it’s done in a very half-baked way, and without all the necessary provisions about what you actually do with the information you’re collecting.

Related: South Australia facial recognition trial: Covid app blasted by Fox and Breitbart criticised over lack of safeguards

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