COVID-19 Immunity passport: brave new world?
The United Kingdom invested around £75,000 in the development of an app which would enable them to justify and display their COVID-19 immunity status while preserving their anonymity. Presented as a digital breakthrough to fast track return to work thus jump start economic recovery, this solution raised a few legal eyebrows….to put it mildly. What are we talking about?
Biometric and identity management companies Mvine and iProov announced the trials of their Covid-19 immunity and vaccination passport on 13 January. The digital passport enables a person’s test results or vaccination status to be registered and proved on an app without disclosing their identity, the companies claim.
This technology which was under development since the third quarter of 2020 is supposed to guarantee data confidentiality while saving time. It proves accurate and compatible with the NHS infrastructure.
However, it does not prevent concerns from legal and civic groups who would not mind better understanding the technological safeguards behind the claims that data confidentiality is ensured. Moreover, the risks of counterfeit of a digital immunity status also raised questions.
In terms of equitable access to digital products, the risk of discrimination against groups of population is also underscored and may request more attention from health stewards. To know more about the issue: click here.