Cyber Daily: WHO Plans Security Rules for Covid-19 Vaccine Receipts

Hello. The World Health Organization is working on technical details and privacy standards for digital Covid-19 vaccine certificates to give individuals proof of immunization, WSJ Pro’s Catherine Stupp reports. Two aspects are crucial: Individuals should be able to delete their data from the certificates and technology providers shouldn’t be allowed to profit from the data they handle.

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Covid-19 Vaccination Data

WHO plans privacy, security rules for Covid-19 vaccine certificates. The World Health Organization is working with Estonia and a group of around 150 volunteer privacy, governance and other experts to determine how an international system for verifying individuals’ vaccine history could work. Specifications are expected by the end of the first quarter.

“There’s a very strong sense of urgency for getting the economy working and the citizens of each country would like to start traveling again in a safe way,” said Marten Kaevats, an adviser to the Estonian government on technology issues.

But any technology used to help people travel and avoid infection during the pandemic needs to keep data secure. Estonia started tests this week of a certificate built on blockchain technology.

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