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09 July 2020

Resignation at Identity Initiative Raises Doubts About Immunity Passes

Resignation at Identity Initiative Raises Doubts About Immunity Passes


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Immunity passports or certificates are digital or physical documents that individuals would receive if they had tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

In late April, the World Health Organization warned against the idea of immunity passports, and said that there was “no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.” But countries such as Chilesaid they would move ahead with such passes, despite the WHO’s warning. .

It said these are potential solutions for privacy and identity questions around immunity passes.

ID2020 has sought feedback from civil liberties and digital privacy groups to ensure that these considerations are built into the technical architecture of any digital health certificate system.

They also criticize  the lack of a proven method of private key management for end users, especially in offline instances, which digital immunity passports would likely have to include and say the VC specification merely “provides a data model, not a complete protocol or end-to-end solution”

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