You can add your COVID vaccination certificate to the Apple Wallet… but should you?
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Posted on 2/2/2022, 5:01:47 PM by nickcarraway
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Spoiler: Yeah, why not?
The modern world hurts my brain. Let’s take the news that Apple enables users to store their COVID vaccination certificates in the Wallet and Health apps as an example.
When I first heard about it, I was pumped. Flashing my QR code to enter a restaurant or grab a coffee would be far simpler if it sat in my Apple Wallet. Friends, the time I’d save!
But, of course, the world had something to say about that.
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While putting my digital certificate of vaccination in an easy-to-access place is cool… is it safe? And because I can do it, does that mean I should?
Something that seemed simple on the surface is actually a minefield. I wanted some clarity on this issue.
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COVID vaccine certificates in the Apple Wallet app: not a huge concern To put it bluntly: there are no obvious dangers of moving your vaccine certificate to the Apple Wallet. This does come with a large caveat though, as this is only true if you tightly control what apps can access your data.
In this way, vaccination certificates differ from digital IDs. The majority of the former are digital by nature, while the most common forms of identification (driver’s licenses and passports) are paper-based. Digitizing them opens a huge and wriggling can of worms — while the vaccine pass system could actually benefit from being incorporated into the Apple Wallet.
So, there you have it! A little bit of respite before the modern world messes with our heads again.
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It’s just too easy for the Gooferment make this the digital version of “show me your papers”!
It’s a BIG “NO” for me.