Yoti has updated its digital identity platform to give people in Europe the ability to upload and share their vaccination credentials. The company claimed that a COVID-19 immunity passport has been its most-requested feature for the past few months, and it is now rolling out the service to support safe reopening efforts during the pandemic.
To take advantage of the service, users will first need to download the Yoti digital identity app and set up a profile with an uploaded identity document. Once their identity information has been verified, users can upload their EU COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate. The app will check to make sure that the personal details are consistent and that the Certificate does in fact belong to the person associated with the account.
Assuming that that process goes well, the Certificate will be encrypted and stored in the user’s Yoti account. They can then access and share the credential whenever they need to prove their vaccination status to enter a physical venue. The actual exchange is carried out with a QR code to preserve people’s privacy. The user opens their certificate in the app, then presents a QR code on their smartphone. The venue scans the QR code to confirm that the user is vaccinated without forcing them to reveal any other personal information.
Account holders can also use the app to share their Vaccine Certificate online should they ever need to do so. The release of the immunity passport feature is a continuation of Yoti’s broader efforts to support public health in the past two years. The company partnered with GeneMe to facilitate large-scale COVID-19 testing in the first few months of the pandemic. That technology would later be used to screen employees on Virgin Atlantic flights, and to screen the cast and crew of a stage play in London.
November 29, 2021 – by Eric Weiss