Francis Tuffy – Consultant Editor
Not since the events of 11 September 2001, in the US, when at least two of the hijackers fraudulently gained identity documents, has the role of identity and the documents we use to assert it come under such scrutiny.
The difference now, as we consider how we can revive economies, is that we are considering changes to the attributes we link to our identity – our health status – not to prevent intentional damage, but to make sure that people going about their lawful business do not put others at increased risk of harm. Like everyone else, I have followed the recent news stories in the media that have covered the political, the moral, the legal and the economic arguments for and against the introduction of vaccination certificates and immunity passports. As editor of ID & Secure Document News™, and of this White Paper, I believe that a key element to the debate has been missing – how might these proofs of health status work in a secure, flexible and costeffective way?
To help answer these questions I have assembled a range of views from the people and organisations that are already producing secure, flexible and cost-effective certificates and passports. As vaccination numbers increase and calls for the introduction of health status passports gain momentum, ID & Secure Document News will continue to provide a voice of technical feasibility to the debate. With this in mind, the next White Paper in this series is scheduled to coincide with what is billed as the first real test of any health status passport scheme – the summer holiday season in Europe.