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Vaccine Passport Monitoring: Greek PM Urges EU Certificate, BigTech Weighs In Among Privacy Concerns

We help you getting updated on the latest threat on Europeans' privacy & fundamental rights, the so-called vaccine passport.

by LibertiesEU
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Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI). A tech and healthcare coalition that includes members like Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and U.S. nonprofit Mayo Clinic are working together to create a COVID-19 vaccination passport. VCI's vision is to empower individuals to obtain an encrypted digital copy of their immunization credentials to store in a digital wallet of their choice. Those without smartphones could receive paper printed with QR codes containing W3C verifiable credentials. SeekingAlpha

A jab will get you on the plane. The Greek government is proposing that the EU introduce a vaccination certificate, for “facilitating the freedom of movement of persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a letter. POLITICO

Privacy experts warn of risks. The introduction of vaccine passports "poses essential questions for the protection of data privacy and human rights," said Anna Beduschi, an academic from Exeter University. Passports could "create a new distinction between individuals based on their health status, which can then be used to determine the degree of freedoms and rights they may enjoy." POLITICO

Denmark creates its own passport. Danish Ministry of Health is to launch the ‘Covid-19 vaccine passport’ early this year. Vaccinated people in the country will be able to download the documentation via the sundhed.dk website, by logging in with the secure digital NemID. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is expected to be useful for those travelling abroad. The Local

Vaccinated Poles to receive special passport. People who get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Poland will receive a confirmation document, in the form of a QR code, which can be downloaded from one’s personal e-government or public health system account. EurActiv


Here is why we think vaccine passport is likely to intensify existing inequalities in Europe.



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