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Victorians’ Covid contact tracing data sent for potential use by data mining platform

Exclusive: Australian data security experts described the July 2020 move involving controversial Palantir platform as ‘dubious’ and ‘outrageous’

Under pressure to control spiralling Covid cases in July 2020, the Victorian government sent contact tracing data to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in the hope a controversial data mining platform might help identify the source of mystery cases.

Data security experts described the move as “dubious” and “outrageous”.

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