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COVID-19 passports: privacy and business on balance

On the data privacy beat, there’s a lot of discussion around COVID-19 vaccine passports.  New York is rolling out the first, called “Excelsior Pass”.     Residents can use it to prove vaccination or a negative recent test, and is entirely voluntary. 

At the federal level, the Biden administration is looking to pull disparate efforts together into a large coherent one within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Why do we care?

I’m covering office reopenings later.  I care a lot about this effort both on the impact to business short term and the technology implications long term.     We still don’t know the length of time vaccinations are good for – will they require annual boosters, for example, or be like the annual flu shot?     

Thus there are all the business implications of managing immunization, and all of the related privacy concerns with managing this data.  The implementations are likely to move faster than the legal frameworks required long term.    That gap is the area of interest.   How will businesses fill it? And what blowback will we get because of lack of foresight.

Source: Engadget

Source: The Washington Post