Belgium has launched its Digital COVID Certificate (DCC), with digital trust services provided by ZetesConfidens, Zetes’ digital transaction security business unit.
The EU’s CCD was approved earlier in June and is already in use by several countries in the bloc. ZetesConfidens provides digital signatures integrated into QR codes to guarantee the authenticity of the data presented, via its public key infrastructure (PKI). The PKI setup was completed in less than a week, according to the announcement, allowing acceptance of the Belgian DCC on the European gateway allowing EU member states to exchange trusted information.
âWe are very happy to be involved in this project, which confirms our role as a key partner of the Belgian authorities for all their identification schemes,â says Ronny Depoortere, senior vice-president of Zetes People ID. âThe ZetesConfidens business unit was created in 2018 and its QTSP status has enabled it to provide qualified trust services for both the Belgian eID and the Belgian electronic passport, two documents which are also produced by Zetes. We look forward to helping any other EU country that is still in the process of completing their DCC solution or external countries that are ready to comply with EU requirements. Our DCC offer ranges from issuing QR codes, through trust services and a Digital Health Pass application, to a verification solution.
Air Canada has partnered with Amadeus to develop its digital health card solution through its airline application, Simple Flying reports.
The solution is being tested on flights from Frankfurt to Toronto and Montreal, with travelers providing a link to submit their COVID-19 test document via a QR code during check-in. Travelers must have been tested at one of two Centogene test centers, one of which is located at Frankfurt Airport. Since Canada does not accept antigen testing, passengers must purchase PCR tests.
Emirates has extended its IATA Travel Pass pilot project to 10 cities and plans to expand it to all routes in the coming weeks, according to the Emirates news agency.
Emirates customers traveling between Dubai and London, Barcelona, ââMadrid, Istanbul, New York JFK, Moscow, Frankfurt, Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam can use the IATA Travel Pass to share their medical condition, such as proof of vaccination or PCR test results.
Emirates also plans to integrate the Alhosn app, the official COVID-19 testing channel of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, with its registration system in July.
Yoti’s travel director, Gavin Watts, writes in Travel Weekly that the company’s work with Virgin Atlantic, in which flight attendants use the company’s biometric app to share their test results with authorities across the country towards which the journey, shows the possibilities offered by digital identity technology. .
Extending this technology to allow people to share their status in advance will be necessary to reintroduce self-service airport processes, Watts said. This means providing an API service to allow airlines to check status without holding personal medical information, which in turn means standards for the data must be set.
India and Vietnam catch up
CoWin Head VS Sharma said India’s COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate now complies with the World Health Organization’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard, but told Mint “everything has become a bilateral issue “.
âOne country tells another that I will accept your certificate and you accept mine. We’ll have to work on this with different countries, but it’s as good as it gets, âhe said.
Sharma advises Indians to use their passport number as a piece of identification, after which it can be included on the certificate. He also notes that many vaccines were issued without registration, however.
While the country waits for bilateral deals, the keys to the CoWin API are shared with 34 entities, including digital payment provider Paytm, Air Asia and state governments.
Vietnam is about to launch a trial for its digital health pass, writes Saigon Online.
The country is preparing to reopen tourism in areas where its COVID-19 epidemic is considered to be under control. The Department of Health is working with a provincial government to implement guidelines for a test of its COVID vaccine passport.
EFF sees potential loopholes in California system
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is taking a measured look at the “Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record” released by California as part of its plan to reopen.
The group approves the state’s restraint not to set up infrastructure to make the verification of the status of vaccines a surveillance system, and does not oppose in principle the registration of the status.
The QR code provided, however, using the SMART Health Cards framework based on W3C verifiable credentials, is not itself encrypted and provides all user information that would be stored on a physical record to the party. who scans it. This, the EFF argues, makes it a potential tracking threat, if the data is aggregated.
QR codes are tied to the wearer’s phone number or email address, but California also does not have extensive security or anti-counterfeiting measures in place, and relies on the authenticating part. to verify that the public key of the signed data comes from a real health authority. .
The EFF is also concerned that immunization records are becoming âdigital vaccine bouncersâ.
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