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#WhyID: Digital Health Certificates are not Immune from Violating Users’ Rights

– Access Now

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 17 August 2020

In this report, the Access Now team review measures to fight COVID-19 that also heavily depend on creating digital identity or tracking tools, like digital health certificates

Through a consultation with the #WhyID community, AccessNow takes a deep dive into the rush of digital health certificates for managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“ 'The build and iterate philosophy does not work on technology infrastructure that can lead to long-term surveillance and loss of agency for individuals. The current proposals for digital health certificates we see across the world seem experimental, with a lack of medical research that proves antibody - or vaccine-based immunity for COVID-19,' said Naman Mukul Aggarwal, Global Digital Identity Lead at Access Now."

The report identifies five areas where Access Now believes digital health certificates put human rights at risk, including: right to privacy; right to movement and freedom of assembly; exclusion; discrimination; and creation of permanent health surveillance infrastructure.

Many of these programs are being developed against a backdrop of public demand to return to “normal life,” political pressure, and a desire to find quick, tech-based solutions, but without sufficient medical evidence, especially regarding how or whether people can develop immunity to the virus

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