Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Vaccine passport concerns muted at Big Tech-affiliated privacy conference

Last week at one of the world’s largest privacy conferences, a seminar on Vaccine Passport opened with questions about how the mandate should be implemented – leaving the question on whether the underlying privacy-aggressive requirement should become policy at all.

“This panel will explore one of the most important topics being debated today: How do we get more people vaccinated? How do we more effectively track and trace where we live with this virus in the future, And how do we get more freedom in the future with a pass or a passport?” said in the intro statement of the PrivSec global event.

The main sponsor of the conference was the data consulting firm OneTrust. According to its website, OneTrust’s clients include the eight largest tech companies in the world, nine of the highest-grossing law firms, three of the four largest accounting firms, and four of the largest pharma companies—all of which almost certainly Vaccines would be beneficial. Passports are mandatory due to additional data processing, IT systems, and compliance checks, such systems will be necessary.

During the nearly hour-long conversation, speakers noted the privacy threats posed by vaccine passports, but still expressed support for the mandate to combat the pandemic. For example, Albert Fox Kahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, said he was able to hack New York’s digital vaccine passport in “11 minutes” and said he supported paper-based systems as an alternative. did.

Max Hadler, policy analyst for Physicians for Human Rights, said he would not support the bulk passport mandate on the grounds that the vaccine is more available in rich countries than in poor countries, but he was supportive otherwise. He said the requirements should be re-evaluated once the pandemic subsides.

None of the panelists at the privacy conference were completely against Vaccine Passport.

The Epoch Times sent speakers—includes Liberties. Senior EU advocacy official Orsolya Reich and Hintz Law Partner Sheila Sokolovsky-Email are seeking clarification on the issue. By press time only Cannes responded.

“Speaking only for the Surveillance Technology Surveillance Project, I would say that paper-based vaccine registries have been an important public health tool for decades,” he said. “Just as school and workplace registries can save lives with minimal privacy impact for MMR, flu and tetanus inoculation, they can be an effective alternative to vaccine apps for COVID-19.”

Neither PrivSec Global nor sponsor OneTrust responded to media inquiries why there was not one anti-passport speaker at a clear privacy conference, while so many exist. As vaccine and passport mandates spread around the world, protests intensified in Australia, France, Canada, London, Italy, and elsewhere—contrary to suggestions made during the Privsec conference that the issue is politically contentious only in the US.

In the United States, much of the opposition has come from conservative and liberal camps – voices citing individual liberties, conclusions about natural immunity, and the fact that COVID-19 can still be spread among immunizations.

Others have also protested. One such person is self-described “civil libertarian” and human rights activist Ed Hasbrook, who opposes vaccine mandates on the grounds that they need an identity mandate.

Analyzing a Vaccine Passport Order (PDF) from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) earlier this month, The Identity Project (IDP) Hasbrook said that regardless of their opinion on the vaccine or the vaccine mandate, that The details in the mandate should alert everyone.

Writing for California-based IDP, Hasbrouck said the most concerning aspect of the SFDPH mandate is that covered businesses are required to cross-check their customers’ proof of full immunization against photo identification — as long as the photo ID is not integrated into the digital vaccine. Passport.

Hasbrook said the requirement would harm the undecided—a wide group that ranges from immigrants to so-called sovereign citizens, who simply don’t want to be identified.

“The effect of the ID mandate is that unvaccinated people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by the SFDPH at their vaccination sites are prohibited by the SFDPH, allegedly based on their vaccination status, at restaurants or other from protection or working in cover. places,” he said. “There is no rational link between the ID provisions of the order and any health purpose.”

Hasbrook said that unlike some other, relatively decentralized, vaccination schemes — such as those for travel and education — his concern for current proposals is that his design will pool vast troves of personal data for corporate and government use.

Refusing to comment about the conference or the specific participating sponsors, Hasbrook said that access to the data is the reason corporations and governments are proceeding lockstep on the issue.

“[Businesses] Get piggyback on this data for your own business purposes, and the reason I can say it with great confidence is that this is what has happened to airline passengers over the past 20 years,” he said.

“A major problem is the fatal convergence of interests between governments that want to track travelers for surveillance and control, and businesses that want to piggyback on similar systems and data for their own commercial purposes,” Hasbrook said. told the Epoch Times.

“The worst-case scenario for this today is widespread facial recognition biometric tracking in China, but the United States and other countries are moving in that direction.”


Ken Silva covers national security issues for The Epoch Times. His reporting background also includes cyber security, crime and offshore finance – including three years as a reporter in the British Virgin Islands and two years in the Cayman Islands. Contact us at


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