CHP: 'LeaveHomeSafe' app is unable to detect COVID-19 cases
Updated: 3 days ago
The communist Hong Kong (HK) government's 'Centre for Health Protection' (CHP) has now admitted that so far, in the 'fewer than' 20 times (0.18% of total HK cases) the 'LeaveHomeSafe' app has been used to contact trace to detect COVID-19 cases, this app has been UNABLE to detect any new cases!
This amounts under international UN W.H.O. treaty IHR and HK legislation PDPO to violations of HK people's human rights including illegal data acquisition and violation of privacy data laws.
We ask the communist HK government why this app is being promoted?
This app is part of HK's COVID-19 global pandemic response and under UN W.H.O. international treaty 'International Health Regulations' (IHR) (2005) the HK government is required to meet all UN human rights obligations.
HK government says that later this app will automatically record users location! (See article below).
Why is the HK government requiring from 1 March 2021 everyone entering HK government premises to use this app? These buildings and facilities, along with the Public Purse, are the property of the HK people and the majority of HK people.
Since the illegal 1 July 2020 national security law, and the breach of the Joint Declaration: HK people have been locked out of their UN human rights and democratic processes by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the communist HK government.
Under the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights' (UDHR) article 21.3 "The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government..." The communist HK government in choosing to maintain HK as a Han Chinese feudal plutocracy for decades has ignored the will of the majority of HK people: this is the root of HK's current political crisis which remains unresolved.
HK's 'Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance' (the "PDPO") summary:
'The collective objective of DPPs is to ensure that personal data is collected on a fully-informed basis and in a fair manner, with due consideration towards minimising the amount of personal data collected. Once collected, the personal data should be processed in a secure manner and should only be kept for as long as necessary for the fulfillment of the purposes of using the data. Use of the data should be limited to or related to the original collection purpose. Data subjects are given the right to access and make correction to their data.'
This app is 'officially' being used by the HK government for the purpose of contact tracing for COVID-19: now CHP says this app is unable to perform according to its intended purpose: i.e. logic says this means this app is being illegally operated by HK government!
The UN W.H.O. international treaty 'International Health Regulations' (IHR) (2005) governs all of HK's global pandemic measures including HK legislation Cap.599 short titled "Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance". IHR requires that human rights are not violated during pandemics!
WHO IHR website 'Overview' says (formatting added):
"While disease outbreaks and other acute public health risks are often unpredictable and require a range of responses, the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) provide an overarching legal framework that defines countries’ rights and obligations in handling public health events and emergencies that have the potential to cross borders.
The IHR are an instrument of international law that is legally-binding on 196 countries, including the 194 WHO Member States. The IHR grew out of the response to deadly epidemics that once overran Europe. They create rights and obligations for countries, including the requirement to report public health events. The Regulations also outline the criteria to determine whether or not a particular event constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern”.
At the same time, the IHR require countries to designate a National IHR Focal Point for communications with WHO, to establish and maintain core capacities for surveillance and response, including at designated points of entry. Additional provisions address the areas of international travel and transport such as the health documents required for international traffic.
Finally, the IHR introduce important safeguards to protect the rights of travellers and other persons in relation to the treatment of personal data, informed consent and non-discrimination in the application of health measures under the Regulations."
HK people fully understand that under the cover of COVID-19, CCP and communist HK government is conducting illegal surveillance and invasion of HK people's freedoms and privacy: WTPOHK DEMANDS CCP AND COMMUNIST HK GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THIS APP!
Apple Daily 22 February 2021 'LeaveHomeSafe app will be a Hong Kong version of the social credit system | Poon Siu-to'
Apple Daily 20 February 2021 'LeaveHomeSafe [app] hinders food service industry from recovering｜Kwan Cheuk Chiu'
RTHK 20 February 2021 'Beware of fake LeaveHomeSafe apps, govt warns'
RTHK 19 February 2021 'Hospital union 'spreading unfounded info about app''
RTHK 18 February 2021 'Diners have little appetite for govt tracking tool'
Apple Daily 17 February 2021 'Shameless covert surveillance｜Chung Shing-cheung'
RTHK 14 February 2021 'Automatic record functions coming for tracing app'
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Couple cleared of rioting to close gym, refusing to use government’s contact tracing app
Apple Daily 11 February 2021 (format added)
A gym run by a couple previously acquitted of rioting said they would rather shut down their business than force customers to use a government contact tracing app under new requirements.
The government announced on Wednesday that gyms could reopen next Thursday, but customers must use the LeaveHomeSafe app to trace contacts of COVID-19 patients, or register customers’ personal details.
The Wild Gym Fitness and Therapy in Sheung Wan said on Facebook that the new rule was unacceptable as it meant they would have to release data to the government if required.
The gym would not trade customers’ freedom for its own profit and would rather shut down next Thursday, it said. It would follow through with its demand of democracy and freedom, and would not become an “accomplice of tyranny,” it added.
The gym is operated by Henry Tong and Elaine To, who last July were cleared of rioting in 2019. They were fined HK$10,000 (US$1,290) for owning two walkie-talkies, after being convicted of possession of apparatus for radio communications without a licence.
The gym has been running for almost three years, with the couple leasing a 700 square foot space at around HK$30,000 per month until September. It has been forced to close several times during the COVID-19 pandemic but did not face tough economic pressure, and To believed they could have survived the pandemic and recovered within a year.
The couple expected the government would push through its political mission in exchange for gyms to reopen, and decided ahead that they would not betray customers’ trust, To said.
It was sad to close as the gym was founded after their hard work, but their bottom line could not be crossed, he said.
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Health officials find little use for govt Covid app
RTHK 11 February 2021 (format added)
Health officials say they have so far used the government’s LeaveHomeSafe contact-tracing app fewer than 20 times since it was launched in November last year, and it hasn't led to the discovery of any Covid-19 infections. The government says from February 18, restaurants can allow people to dine-in in the evenings again and various businesses shuttered due to the pandemic can re-open, as long as they make customers use the app or register their personal details. But Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said at her coronavirus briefing on Thursday that not everyone who has downloaded the app uses it regularly. “We always ask if the patients used the app. If they did, we’ll get the data from their apps about where they have been at what time. The app would notify other users if they have been to the same places at the same time. We’ve done this less than 20 times,” she said. “Many people who have installed the app on their mobile phones didn't use it.” The government has dismissed privacy concerns regarding the app which currently requires users to scan a QR code when they enter a building or premises to record their visit.
Officials have previously said that the app will eventually start recording people's whereabouts automatically. Meanwhile, the city’s coronavirus situation remained stable on Thursday as the centre reported 21 new infections, 17 of which were locally acquired. Two of the new cases were linked to a Covid outbreak at a public housing block in Tai Po where a couple of residents living on the same floor came down with the virus. Officials were unable to trace the source of seven infections, while more than 10 other people tested preliminary positive for the virus.
Contact-tracing app use mandatory from March 1
RTHK 10 February 2021
All staff and visitors who enter government buildings will be required to use the government’s contact-tracing app, LeaveHomeSafe from March 1, or register their personal information – a move the administration admits may lengthen waiting times for various services.
A government spokesman said in a statement that the new requirement is aimed at helping authorities track down anyone potentially exposed to Covid-19, and better protect public sector workers and members of the public.
It said staff will start ‘reminding’ people to use the app starting on February 22, to get them accustomed to the new arrangement.
“As a result of the arrangement, the waiting time for public services or entering the relevant premises may be lengthened, we appeal for the understanding of members of the public,” the spokesman said.
Authorities on Wednesday announced that public services would resume fully on February 18 after the Lunar New Year holiday, providing the coronavirus situation doesn't deteriorate before then.
The app was introduced in November to a lukewarm public response, amid privacy concerns that have been dismissed by the government.
After people check in at places they visit by scanning a QR code, the system would alert them if they were at the same location as a confirmed Covid-19 patient.
The spokesman urged people to download the app as soon as possible and to use it regularly to record where they go.