The extension of the health pass is on the menu of the Council of Ministers on Monday July 19. The bill, which aims to fight the Covid-19 epidemic, also provides for the obligation of vaccination for caregivers must then be examined by Parliamentarians on Wednesday, July 21. From this date, you will need to present a health pass to access places of leisure and culture bringing together more than fifty people: sports halls, museums, cinemas, etc. It will then apply from August 1 to restaurants, bars or shopping centers. Using what tools will the establishments concerned verify these passes? Is this technology safe?
For the moment, some establishment managers remain in the dark and await clarification from the authorities. But it is the TousAntiCovid-Verif application that sports halls, cinemas or museums will have to adopt. It is normally reserved for professionals but technically anyone can download it. Once your QR Code has been scanned, only your first name, last name and date of birth with the words “valid” or “invalid” appear.
The application was designed by the Imprimerie Nationale. Xavier Soucasse is the program manager. “No data is stored, he assures. And once the check is complete, nothing is sent to the central system. The signature mechanisms that are used are the same as electronic passports, it is a proven technology. “
However, the CNIL, the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms, had expressed reservations by calling for the health pass not to be extended to activities of daily life. A concern shared by Bastien Le Querrec of the Quadrature du net association. “The health pass in its current form is particularly dangerous, he believes, If we use the official app, there is only the last name, first name and date of birth, which is already quite important. But if we use another app, and anyone can create an app that looks like two drops of water like the official one, we can get the type of vaccine, the number of doses, and that’s extremely sensitive information. . “
These are health data, and obviously there will be abuse. We have all the elements required for a disaster in terms of privacy in this situation.Bastien Le Querrec, member of the association La quadrature du net
La Quadrature du net asked the Council of State last month to suspend the health pass. Not being used at that time for daily activities, the request was denied.