Vaccine passport apps are about to be everywhere. It could get complicated
April 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: A Northwell Health medical staff member prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Northwell Health pop-up coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Staten Island on April 08, 2021 in New York City. NYC continues to have a 6.55 percent coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on a seven-day rolling average as the city continues to ramp up vaccinations. The city last week set a record of 524,520 coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
As the vaccine rollout continues to accelerate and the broader US economy prepares to reopen, talk of vaccine verification apps has heated up.
Tech companies, health care providers and even retail stores are working on digital health pass apps that will allow users to show proof of vaccination before entering events and businesses.
Vaccine verification apps could play a key role in lifting restrictions, but privacy and security experts say the upcoming rollout will present a handful of challenges over standards, interoperability, personal data and adoption — from both users and businesses.
Jenny Wanger, the director of programs for Linux Foundation Public Health, said "hundreds" of companies are actively involved in making vaccine credential solutions.
Her organization is behind The Covid-19 Credentials Initiative, a global community made up of more than 450 technologists, academics and healthcare professionals from more than 100 organizations, that is among the groups establishing standards for vaccine health pass apps.
Similarly, the Vaccination Credential Initiative — which includes IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), Salesforce (CRM), Oracle (ORCL), Mayo Clinic and the Commons Project, a nonprofit with a vaccine passport app currently working with some airlines — is also playing a key role in developing US standards for digital health passes, including its approach to data privacy.