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Security fears force closure of Jersey's new digital vaccine passport

Security fears force closure of Jersey's new digital vaccine passport

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Security fears force closure of Jersey's new digital vaccine passport


Jersey's new digital vaccine passport platform has been forced to close just hours after launching due to security concerns.

Government workers and Microsoft are said to be "urgently" working on a solution to what has been described as an "exploit" with privacy controls, and are expected to continue overnight.

It's understood that there is no sign of a data leak at this stage.

A Government spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of an exploit with the privacy controls of our Digital COVID Status Certificate platform.

“This raises a security flaw and so we have closed the platform.

“Officers and Microsoft are urgently looking into this and an update will be given once a solution has been found.”

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Pictured: How the site currently looks to anyone attempting to access it.

They pledged to issue an update to islanders in the morning.

The platform for islanders to access new digital covid status certificates that could be used within England, Scotland and Wales, and in line with France's Pass Sanitaire scheme, launched earlier this evening.

The digital record aimed to show islanders' full vaccination record, accompanied by QR codes that are valid for 30 days evidencing first and second vaccine doses. QR codes evidencing a booster vaccine are also expected to become available once they are developed by NHSx. 

To access the certificates, islanders had to be registered to Yoti and have a OneGov account.

Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré said he hoped that Jersey's QR codes would be able to be used for travel in the rest of Europe in the "near future", once the UK has joined the EU Digital Covid Certificate Gateway.

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