Episode 28

Digital Vaccine Passports and Certificates? What could possibly go wrong?


April 15th, 2021

47 mins 15 secs

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About this Episode

In today’s episode, we are delving into the hot topic of Digital Vaccine Passports and Certificates. We outline the complex mix of technology, privacy and practical issues in a global context.

As we did in Episodes 24 & 25, we look at the significant practical, technical and privacy issues surrounding how nation states and governments want to use technology to prove human beings can travel internationally, cross borders in the EU and get access to domestic venues, events, retail outlets and much more besides. Arguably a more complex problem to solve than tracking and tracing individuals.

We consider the lack of effectiveness of the Track and Trace apps in the UK & EU and wonder how acceptable solutions can be found for Vaccine Passports and Certificates - a wider problem involving citizens, businesses, medical records and often new and emerging technology.

Again, we find ourselves asking the same question: how do we find a rapid and effective way to discuss and agree the extended use of our data to manage this pandemic and halt the damage from lockdowns? We urgently need a forum to be able to have these discussions. As Privacy, Legal and Techology professionals we must contribute to solutions to help support governments to enable better pandemic management.

There are far more questions than answers, so this episode will be the start of our journey to keep up to date with developments.

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Roger Marlow
Roger has worked in software for over 30 years with experience in building software for the finance, retail, automative and government sectors. He has been involved in the creation of several companies including a healthcare technology company that works for the NHS.