What are the pros and cons of the COVID-19 passport?
The idea behind the COVID-19 passport is to keep track of who has and who hasn’t been vaccinated, it’s a way for government entities such as airlines to validate if someone is safe to enter a country or not.
What a lot of people fail to see is that it’s just another Orwellian tool for government mass surveillance. You need to have a phone for it to work, which is a problem if it was lost, stolen, or due to poverty you can’t afford a phone.
According to WT Social, the UK will not be using them after months of discussion. I’m for the vaccine, but against the passport.
England scraps vaccine passport plans https://outline.com/xA2pme
There should be another way to do this, especially since it works in the same way as the COVID-19 test and trace app; scan a QR code with the app and sign in.
Pros 1. Lets the government know who is and isn’t vaccinated. 2. Who comes in and out of the country.
Cons 1. Could be weaponised with the rise of ransomware to hit medical services. 2. If you don’t have a smartphone or can’t afford one. 3. You need to get the NHS app and verify your identity digitally, which as proven in the past, the NHS doesn't have the best systems in (word) 4. Being vaccinated doesn't prevent you from getting or spreading COVID-19, especially the variants, but it does help.
The NHS COVID-19 test and trace could be used instead, since it doesn't require any identifiable information as far as ID, but it does require access to Bluetooth to ping other devices, if the test and trace app was used at venues, pubs, clubs, and airports it wouldn't raise the same privacy issues as the NHS app currently does.
However, it would be reliant on everyone keeping their Bluetooth on. I think there could be an efficient way to use the COVID-19 Test and Trace app to preserve privacy instead of the NHS app, maybe by being give an ID number unique to the patient* one for each dose of the vaccine?
For example, when you receive the vaccine, you could be issued with a serial number just like when you do the emergency home test that anonymously notifies everyone around you whether you or anyone else has had the vaccine.
A COVID-19 Passport where the data is centralised in by a hospital begs the question — is it really safe to store this type of sensitive data on Hospital servers after hackers exploited a vulnerability encrypting patient data until the ransom was made? Are healthcare services prepared for the likely imminent cyberattacks? I would say not, since a lot of organisations use outdated operating systems, such as Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 which all receive no new security updates.
Fear of an Orwellian and dystopic future makes people reluctant to get the vaccine, and that isn't a bad thing because, it opens the conversation as to if a COVID passport is really necessary. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/31/vaccine-passports-will-make-hesitant-even-more-reluctant-to-get-jabbed/.