Your NHS app collects HUGE amount of personal data to unlock vaccine passport, says expert


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Your NHS app collects HUGE amount of personal data to unlock vaccine passport, says expert

Alternatively, you can call 119 to receive a letter that says you’ve been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. And this might be the preferred choice for many people, given a new alert issued by a security expert this week.

Professor Eerke Boiten, who is the Head of De Montfort University’s Computer Science and Informatics School, has been digging into the underlying code that powers the NHS app.

The update adds two new features to the Your Health tab in the NHS App: Share your COVID-19 Status, and Check Your COVID-19 Vaccine Record.

The former is the one that will come in handy for international travel, with the app saying it allows users to “view and share proof of your COVID-19 status for travel”. And Professor Boiten, in a thread on Twitter, claimed that to access this feature a “large amount” of sensitive data is collected.

The cybersecurity expert said information such as a National Insurance number, ethnic origin and details on employer and occupation – among a number of other highly personal items – are collected by the app.

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