The Digital Transformation Agency has refused to release copies of cloud hosting invoices or architecture diagrams for the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing application, citing “third party” opposition, allegedly from Amazon Web Services.
iTnews requested the bill under the Freedom of Information (FOI) laws after the DTA revealed that the app’s cloud infrastructure costs were $ 100,000 per month in a “state of normal running “.
Earlier this week, the DTA downgraded the hosting bill estimate to around $ 75,000 per month after a few performance “tweaks” and expects it to drop to $ 60,000 per month. months by July.
Brugeaud told Senate estimates on Monday that tuning efforts were focused on the “COVIDSafe national data store and how data is stored while the app is running.”
In response to iTnews’ FOI request, the DTA said it had identified a document in scope but would not release it.
“[We] have examined the document that is the subject of this request and have decided to exempt it from publication, ”the DTA said on Wednesday in a decision requesting FOI.
He cited a “confidential agreement” as the reason, saying any publication of the document would constitute a “breach of trust.”
The agency added that “objections [had been] received by [a] third party”.
“In consultation with the third party, they requested that the DTA review the confidential agreements and in particular the terms of those agreements,” said DTA.
“Taking into account the contractual provisions in place and the observations of the third party, I am convinced that the disclosure of the requested information would not be in the public interest. “
The DTA also denied a similar FOI request from software developer Richard Nelson for “the monthly cost breakdown of AWS expenses related to COVIDSafe server-side components.”
This request also searched for “architectural diagrams and related resource requirements for COVIDSafe AWS components”.
As of April 30, the total costs to build and operate the COVIDSafe app were $ 7.8 million, up from $ 6.7 million in January.