Safety and freedom of movement for the majority
“Big Brother Watch puts forward a compelling argument based around civil liberties, but some of the assumptions they make are simply incorrect,” says Harmen Brenninkmeijer, CEO of Q Services. “For example, the BBW campaign claims that all Covid passes are discriminatory, counterproductive and would lead to British citizens having to share personal health information with anyone in authority, from bouncers to bosses. However, there are already privacy-first digital wallets that give individuals the freedom to store and share anonymised medical documents, OHS certificates, work credentials and other types of documentation quickly, simply, and securely.
“I wholeheartedly agree that individuals should not be required to share their own personal health information with unknown third parties or with anyone in authority who demands it. But I strongly disagree with the suggestion that ‘events and businesses are either safe to open for everyone, or no one’. It creates a false dichotomy that either everyone is safe, or nobody is safe. If employers or event organisers don’t take action to properly manage workplace or venue safety, then they risk curtailing the safety and freedom of movement for the majority. This is why, for example, we are already working closely with the construction, film/TV production and airline industries to develop secure and privacy-first digital tools that enable freedom of travel, freedom of access, and freedom to work for all. We create a trust chain between the relevant stakeholders.
“The vital point to make is this: innovations in health technology must ensure self-sovereign identity. This means the data held about an individual is owned by the individual and stored on their device. And, in the case of medical data, that data can be delivered from healthcare professionals to the device in an encrypted format, and the user chooses how they share their information.