First: CovidPass is the result of close reflection to reopen the borders as soon as possible and break out of containment.
Second: This technology should be applicable internationally, that is, interoperable across national borders. In doing so, technology will facilitate the recovery and reopening of the borders of the countries participating in this operation.
Third: This technology complies with the general data protection regulations (GDPR or GPRD).
Indeed, a health crisis should not lead to a weakening of the private life for which so many generations before us have fought.
Developing such a system is a challenge, but which deserves to be noted, CovidPass is a simple technology. The platform which records the results data allows to re-establish a free circulation and especially to provide a health visa to the users and to offer insurance to the countries which wish to reopen their borders. With our API, other countries and applications can enrich the DATA, so each country that wishes can use another solution or join CovidPass securely.
Each country must also be able to convince its own citizens to participate in such a system.
The underlying technology, which is developed in constant exchange with data protection experts and ethicists, should make an important contribution to allow cross-border visibility while respecting privacy. Our AI system is scalable and open, and can be used by any country.
New app CovidPass aims to help people free of coronavirus to move around safely.
30 Jul 2020
Douglas Broom Senior Writer, Formative Content
- Rising COVID-19 infection rates pose a threat to global tourism.
- A new app acts as a health passport for travellers who are virus-free.
- Using blockchain technology, it provides an encrypted record of test results.
- Its creators say it could allow healthy travellers to avoid quarantine.
- The app could also allow sports and entertainment venues to reopen safely, as well as the global conference and exhibition industry.
Thousands of summer holidays are now up in the air, following a series of COVID-19 flare-ups around the world, with trips cancelled and travellers forced to quarantine when they return home.
In mid-July, the number of confirmed cases globally jumped by a million in just four days. The UK imposed a 14-day isolation on holidaymakers returning from Spain after infection rates spiked there, prompting the UK’s biggest tour operator to cancel all holidays to that country.
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After recording its first cases since April, Viet Nam closed the tourist hotspot of Da Nang to tourists and evacuated 80,000 tourists from the city.
Now, a new health passport app promises to restore confidence to the travel industry, which has been badly hit by the pandemic. Global tourism shrank by 97% in April, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
A possible solution
CovidPass is the brainchild of one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Mustapha Mokass. It also involves other YGLs across 5 continents, including Muna AbuSulayman and Peggy Liu. CovidPass uses blockchain technology to store encrypted data from individual blood tests, allowing users to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Unlike contact tracing apps, CovidPass will not track users’ movements. Non-mandatory contact tracing apps have met with only limited success so far due to privacy concerns.
Germany, regarded as one of the most successful nations in rolling out a voluntary app, currently has only 16 million users out of 83 million citizens. Experts say at least half the population needs to use a contact tracing app to make it effective in fighting the virus.
Meanwhile, governments are faced with a variety of different testing regimes to validate the health of travellers. “This isn’t enough to reassure tourists or health authorities », says Mokass.
Mokass hopes his app, which is launching in September, will become a standardized solution for airlines, airports and border agencies, and eliminate quarantine for healthy travellers. CovidPass could also allow hotels, cinemas, theatres, sporting and concert venues to reopen safely.
Another possible use would be to help restart the worldwide conference and exhibition industry, which has contracted by 60%, at a cost of $180 billion in lost revenues and impacting 1.9 million jobs, according to the industry’s global association, UFI.
CovidPass commits to mandatory carbon offsetting for each flight passenger, to preserve the environmental benefits of reduced air travel during the crisis.
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CovidPass - Security GRPD
The data is stored at AWS and they are all encrypted in 2048 bits.
AWS now hosts all of the world’s most sensitive sites like Facebook, Instagram, Apple and also Amazon e-commerce and millions of other entities around the world. They are the most secure in the world and their services are expensive. Their communications are based on the retention of DATA. Without data there is no business and without business we would no longer exist. So their priorities are security and blocking all cyber attacks. Each user has the possibility according to GDPR and GRPD laws to request the deletion of his account, but we nevertheless keep a record of the user with a token so that we can trace it if necessary if he returns to the platform. No one can display the full list of user identities, because they are all encrypted independently so you have to decrypt each identity to obtain the different identities which is in practice too long and too cumbersome to implement and easy to trace in the event of an external attack.
The other tracking APPs:
The difference between our solution and the other solutions and simple to understand:
Self-declaration does not allow travel and does not in any case secure a country to open these borders, nor does it allow to deconfinate and control populations.
CovidPass validation of a Health Visa which involves the responsibility of a laboratory and which is not based on self-declaration offers security for strong. The opening of borders is made possible for people tested immune or negative. The deconfinements can be done after validation of the tests and the controls ensured by agents on the ground made simplified and secured without any discrimination.
This application is based on its result platform which is completed by the Biologist in a medical analysis laboratory and which is based on a serological analysis. There can be no false negative in a serological analysis whose role is to detect if the patient is an antibody carrier.
It is either blue without antibody or green with antibody or reaches red and orange in developing disease.
This application does not have to adapt, it is the laboratory which does its test with the product adapted and validated by the medical authorities in each country. (The question concerns PCR tests and not serological).