[Ed. – Has to use QR codes. There was quite a bit of informative testimony about QR coding in the Curling v. Raffensperger election systems lawsuit in Georgia, describing its suitability for obscuring differences between human-readable data records and the records actually used by the computer for purposes other than simple display (e.g., in he case of voting systems, tabulating the vote). It will be a legitimate question what information the “Excelsior Pass” is actually storing about its holder.]
The nation’s very first “vaccine passport” is coming to the Big Apple.
The program, dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” is an app that will allow New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status, or recent history of a negative COVID-19 test, in order to gain entry to events and businesses, Governor Cuomo announced in a news release Friday.
“Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app,” the news release explains.
“Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”