Fragmentation in details and niches as digital health passes unfold around the world
UK authorities are urged by the country’s aviation industry to drop COVID testing and isolation requirements it has placed on arriving travelers who are fully vaccinated, Reuters reports.
Stakeholders say the UK should align its position with that of the EU, which allows people traveling from 32 countries to skip quarantine and 27 to skip tests, if fully vaccinated.
Several popular holiday destinations for Britons are rated ‘orange’ in the UK system, requiring travelers to take three COVID-19 tests and self-isolate for 10 days upon their return home.
Politicians and some civil society groups allege that a contract the UK government signed with Entrust is an attempt to sneak in a national ID card, iNews reports.
The £ 250,000 (US $ 348,000) contract is to provide the cloud infrastructure for digital health passes. Former Cabinet Minister and current Tory MP David Davis has taken on allegations from Entrust officials that the same infrastructure could be reused in a national ID system to denounce the award of a contract to a company “Having this sinister attitude towards the surveillance of the citizens”.
Representatives from Big Brother Watch and Liberty each accused the government of ulterior motives.
Paper for Japan, digital pass for South Korea, lawsuits for the United States
Japan plans to launch paper documents showing vaccination status by the end of July to allow its residents to travel abroad, writes Japan time.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said talks were underway on a possible future switch to a digital ID.
However, the country is reportedly not planning to accept overseas-issued digital health cards for arrivals.
South Korea has rolled out a digital health pass, in the form of a smartphone app known as “COOV” and developed by Blockchain Labs, with support from the Linux Foundation, according to The telegraph.
The country is already using a tracking app that generates a QR code to access many indoor sites and can be used to track COVID-19 outbreaks, but the COOV app could also be integrated into the system, the report says.
“Digital is safer in terms of counterfeiting, and I’m sure the developers are already doing a very good job of security,” commented a Seoul-based doctor interviewed by The Telegraph. “I even hope that this vaccination verification can be done using fingerprints or other forms of biometric data so that I don’t have to take my cell phone with me wherever I go.
The Linux Foundation’s public health initiative launched its Global COVID Certificate Network (GCCN) as a global trusted registry earlier in June.
Meanwhile in America, the former inspector general of the United States Department of Transportation, Mary F. Schiavo of Motley Rice LLC, points out in a Law360 article that while America doubts the adoption of digital health passes as a condition of travel within the country, crossing borders will likely require travelers to have some sort of proof of vaccination.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed several fines of several thousand dollars each, as two-thirds of in-flight disruptions were caused by passengers refusing to follow mask-wearing rules, but airlines face a legal minefield by trying to put any other warrants in place for American passengers, warns Law360.
New passes and solutions
Telpo claims that its dual-screen D2 health checker with facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics can provide efficient, accurate and secure confirmation of vaccination information.
The D2 was launched in response to the need for vaccination traceability, according to a Telpo case study, and combines QR code scanning and other ID card reading capabilities with a dual HD 10 touchscreen. , 1 inch and rich interfaces to support secondary development.
Automated and contactless registration processes are necessary to ensure efficient and accurate sharing of data, explains Telpo.
A Canadian developer, meanwhile, has created an application called PORTpass to store and share COVID-19 vaccination data, the Calgary Herald reports.
More than 200,000 Canadians have pre-registered to download the PORTpass, which CEO Zak Hussain says allows users to control their own data and uses blockchain and artificial intelligence to securely deliver information to users. identification for travel, both at home and abroad.
Canadian government officials have said the country is developing a digital health pass, but have so far provided few details.
Sending released a state-approved SMART digital health card that must be stored and delivered from the Louisiana LA wallet.
The COVID-19 vaccination status comes from the Louisiana Department of Public Health and is compatible with the CommonPass app, according to the announcement.
“Envoc and the State of Louisiana’s adoption of the open and interoperable framework for SMART health cards is an exciting step in giving people control over their health information, including the freedom to easily and confidently share their health information. digital record of vaccination and testing as they see fit, ”said JP Pollack, co-founder and chief architect, The Commons Project.
By mid-June, more than 100,000 people, or 14% of all LA Wallet users, had added their COVID-19 vaccination status to the app.
California has opened a digital portal for COVID-19 immunization records, allowing paper-based identification information to be scanned with records pulled from state records, San Francisco Business Hours written, providing an authentication mechanism and superior protection against tampering.
Digital health passes sell for around £ 100 (US $ 139) on the dark web, Midi hacker reports, although some forums stray from the field of activity, perhaps for fear of attracting unwanted attention.
Officials point out that optional credentials are not “passports” and are not required to access transportation or businesses.
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