Thursday 09 February 2023

EU coronavirus passport has privacy implications: Trouw

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The European coronavirus passport shows more medical information than the Netherlands wanted, the Dutch health ministry has confirmed to Trouw.

The introduction of the document will allow people to travel more easily between EU countries if they have been vaccinated, have a negative coronavirus test or have recently had the disease.

But the coronavirus passport, as some are calling it, will allow foreign officials to see what type of vaccine people have been given, how many doses and when, the health ministry said. Officials will also be able to see if the carrier has been vaccinated, has had a negative test or recently had coronavirus.

‘I am surprised that the type of vaccine will be visible, because such medical information is sensitive,’ lawyer and privacy specialist Jurriaan Jansen told Trouw. ‘It is unclear to me why this should be the case.’

There are also problems with the slow Dutch vaccine registration programme. Current affairs show Nieuwsuur estimates around one million Dutch vaccinations have not been included in the central registration system, making it difficult to ensure everyone can have access to the passport.

Between 5% and 10% of people have refused to allow details of their vaccination to be shared with the authorities. These vaccinations will have to be added to the system by hand.

In addition, many family doctors are not up to speed with the registration process, Trouw said.

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