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Will Covid certificates work?

The lack of global standards for coronavirus certificates is a key barrier to their successful implementation around the world, a new report warns.

Experts have called for widely accepted international standards for documentation, which records COVID-19 vaccination and health status, although implementing them quickly will be difficult.

The University of Exeter research calls for policymakers to ensure coronavirus health status certificate providers abide by basic data protection principles, including lawfulness, fairness and transparency, purpose limitation, data minimisation, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, and accountability.

It identifies three key barriers to implementation – lack of trust, lack of global standards, and lack of a holistic approach. The report recommends the certificates are only used during the pandemic, then discontinued.

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