Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said using the EU digital certificate for entry to restaurants, bars and other places in France has proven popular with the public. .
“More and more people have been vaccinated and the French have seen their infection rate drop considerably because of this measure. I think the British public will get used to it more and more and you might see it fit into everyday life, “he said.
“It’s not for the short term. Governments are getting used to it. They see an increase in the use of the vaccine, and they will be reluctant to withdraw it for people who are completely stung.”
The EU’s Covid digital certificate does not operate a two-way communication system like the NHS Test and Trace app, which ‘pings’ users when they have been in contact with someone with Covid.
The controversy is that, like a national ID card, it can be used by governments and others to restrict an individual’s access to events and places based on their personal data – in this case, part of his medical file. This, some say, could create “a two-speed Britain”.
“Our vaccination status should never be allowed to determine our ability to live freely in our democracy,” recently wrote Conservative MPs Steve Baker and Professor Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Partly for this reason, the program, which is governed by the Commission and the European Parliament, only has an initial license for a period of 12 months from July 1, 2021 and has strict privacy rules. data.
Personal data transmitted between databases when an individual’s QR code is scanned is “limited to what is necessary” to provide the requested certification, the EU said.
For a vaccination certificate, this is limited to the type and manufacturer of the vaccine, the number of doses received and the dates of vaccination. For a negative test certificate, the type test information, date, time, location and result is transmitted.
The system can also show if a person has recovered from Covid, and therefore has natural immunity, if their doctor has issued them with a Covid recovery certificate. Here, the date of the positive test result and the validity period are the only data shared through the app.
“The EU’s Covid digital certificate uses a decentralized system, which does not require a central EU database or the exchange of personal data between authorities,” the EU said. “In addition, the data consulted for the checks should not be kept by the checker following the check (for example when boarding a flight).
Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said the digital passport would “make life easier for business and leisure travelers” but urged the government to drop day two testing for full arrivals in order to ‘bring the UK into line with the testing regime in Europe. .
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