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ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The American Civil Liberties Union says plans to roll out a standardized vaccine passport must account for social inequalities and privacy rights. Anything short is a "nonstarter."

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday.

"Any proposal for vaccine credentials must be primarily paper-based, decentralized, and protect privacy," he said in an article published on the organization's website Wednesday.

Stanley said a digital passport system must be decentralized and open sourced to protect user privacy and keep individuals in control of their own data.

"If it involves putting some sort of government or corporate app on your phone but it's not open sourced and you can't see how it works, that will be bad for privacy," Stanley said.

Any passport system that tracks and records users' whereabouts and actions is a bad idea, Stanley said.

"Our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people's privacy," he said.

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