A COVID Vaccination Passport Scheme Based on IOTA
The full article was originally published by Dan Crossley on Medium. Read the full article here.
Do you remember what it was like to be able to travel freely overseas to any country? Unfortunately a little thing called COVID-19 has put a stop to all that. All we have now is travel problems, not only for people who need to visit family members, but for those who work in the travel and tourism sectors.
The concept of a vaccination passport has since been raised as a solution to the current travel problems faced by many people worldwide. Yet, a poorly implemented and insecure scheme may only cause more problems. Problems such as causing many countries to hesitate in re-opening their borders, fraudulent claims or personal data loss.
The COVID vaccination certificate currently issued within the UK is a handwritten card issued by a nurse at the time of vaccination. This card is not intended for use as a vaccination certificate or passport. Yet, unfortunately it’s the only way we can prove our vaccination.
Now with pubs and restaurants potentially asking customers of their vaccination status before entering, we had better not to lose that card!
If we are going to go down the path of vaccination passports, and it certainly seems we are, we are going to need a secure digital solution. A solution that not only prevents fraudulent claims, but protects user privacy. Is that too much to ask in 2021?