Government publishes a call for evidence on Covid ‘passports’
Laura Linkomies reports on the latest developments for UK vaccination/immunity passports, which will require a digital identity solution, and robust privacy protections.
The government’s Covid passport review(1) will consult widely, drawing on evidence and insights from experts in the relevant fields. The government is seeking views on the role of Covid-status certification in the UK’s recovery from the pandemic, not forgetting aspects of privacy, ethics and discrimination. The review will report before 21 June.
Covid-19 status certification, or vaccination passport, would gather test results or vaccination data to confirm that the person in question has a lower risk of transmitting Covid-19 to others.
The review is being led by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, who said: “This review into Covid-status certification is an important part of our plan to help reopen the country and return to normal. However, we recognise that there are complex issues of ethics, privacy and inclusion that need to be fully considered. That is why I want to get as many views as possible on Covid-status certification and its potential implications to help inform the review.”
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