Rob Masson, CEO at the DPO Centre, has been quoted in an article by Computer Weekly about the privacy implications of vaccine passports.
On the possibility of private organisations being mandated to require vaccine passports for entry into their establishments, Rob said:
“Until we know the final arrangements for a vaccine passport, we can only plan for what we think might happen and discuss the balance and reasonable steps an organisation will need to take between an individual’s right to privacy and the wider impact on the public’s health. For example, retailers don’t currently stop customers at the door and ask about their health. So, will it be seen that the Covid-19 passport is a necessary invasion into our privacy?”
He goes on to say that “With Brexit and Covid-19, many companies are facing increased pressure and scrutiny around data protection and privacy issues,” said Masson. “Data protection is one of the fastest-growing areas of business in the UK and Covid-19 has placed it firmly at the top of the agenda for most organisations. It is therefore vital that organisations understand their exposure to data and privacy risk as it impacts every part of their business from employees, to clients, partners and wider stakeholders.”
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