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Personal data stolen from Dutch coronavirus track-and-trace programme

Personal information of a large number of people who participated in the Netherlands’ coronavirus track-and-trace programme has been leaked, the Dutch health authorities (GGD) said on Friday.

The GGD confirmed a media report that data had been stolen and apologised for what it said were two separate leaks. It said in a statement it did not know how many people were affected by the data theft, but they could number in the thousands.

Source: Personal data stolen from Dutch coronavirus track-and-trace programme | Reuters

UK bosses set up IT systems to track Covid vaccine status of staff

Employers are creating vaccine databases of their workers to track who has been inoculated against the coronavirus.

With some companies announcing they would either sack or refuse to hire people who will not take a Covid-19 vaccine, others are using IT systems to create a form of vaccine passport in the workplace to monitor the number of staff who have had the jab.

Full article: UK bosses set up IT systems to track Covid vaccine status of staff

Evaluating the Privacy of Covid-19 At-Home Tests

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized the first few at-home rapid Covid-19 tests, which can process results in 30 minutes or less without the need to send a specimen to a lab.

Federal law does play a role through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). While this law provides some privacy protections for identifiable health information, there may be gaps in its applicability to at-home test kit providers.

Full article: Evaluating the Privacy of Covid-19 At-Home Tests | Brennan Center for Justice

Israel’s data-for-vaccines deal with Pfizer raises privacy concerns

Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine.

Proponents say the deal could allow Israel to become the first country to vaccinate most of its population, while providing valuable research that could help the rest of the world. But critics say the deal raises major ethical concerns, including possible privacy violations and a deepening of the global divide that enables wealthy countries to stockpile vaccines as poorer populations, including Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, have to wait longer to be inoculated.

Source: Israel’s data-for-vaccines deal with Pfizer raises privacy concerns | The Times of Israel

Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?

Vaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensitive medical records in the hands of authorities and employers.

Despite the name, a vaccine passport is not a piece of paper; instead, in the most developed versions of the idea, it is an app or similar system that can prove the bearer has been vaccinated, tested positive for Covid antibodies, or recently received a negative test. There would be no need to build and operate a privacy violating centralised database.

Source: Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy? | Society | The Guardian

Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

When retired web developer Catherine Kunicki tried to sign up for her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in downtown Brooklyn, the AdvantageCare Physicians website rejected her. She received an error message that her identity couldn’t be verified through Experian, a credit monitoring company.

The website claims that AdvantageCare Physicians does not get information about a patient’s credit score. But Experian is a credit reporting company and big data company, and the tool the vaccine scheduling website is using verifies identities by using information that shows up in people’s Experian credit histories.

This is a problem for a lot of reasons. One-in-five Americans is “credit invisible” or has poor credit. Black Americans are more likely to have poor credit; they are also disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Full article: Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data

Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact-tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found.

The report, published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which oversees the government’s spy and eavesdropping agencies, said the app data was scooped up “in the course of the lawful collection of other data.”

Source: Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data | TechCrunch

COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

Switzerland has opened its Alps for the holiday ski season, but COVID-weary European governments will force anyone caught with ski gear into compulsory quarantine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Wednesday that anyone found with ski paraphernalia would be forced to quarantine. The move to check travelers has been met with harsh criticism across the alpine regions.

Source: COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

Nation-state backed hackers going after COVID vaccine supply chain

Cyber attackers have targeted the cold supply chain needed to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, according to a report detailing a sophisticated operation likely backed by a nation-state.

The hackers appeared to be trying to disrupt or steal information about the vital processes to keep vaccines cold as they travel from factories to hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Source: Nation-state backed hackers going after COVID vaccine supply chain | Ars Technica

Why facial recognition thermometers are raising privacy concerns during the pandemic?

Thermal imaging thermometers with facial recognition are popping up during the pandemic. But, privacy concerns have been raised.

The new technology looks like a tablet connected to a stand that scans a person’s temperature from the shoulders up. But, some devices—like ones that were used in schools, according to Wired—also come with facial recognition technology. The facial recognition feature in the temperature checkers are also being used by employers.

Given the privacy concerns that have been raised with facial recognition technology as a whole, experts have raised alarms about its use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Full article: What are Facial Recognition Thermometers and Who’s Using Them?

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