Last month, IDAC launched an investigation into Vaccine Passport apps, examining individual apps as they reach the market. Our intention is to increase transparency about privacy practices, identify harms and data practices that don’t align with app users’ reasonable expectations. We also want to highlight best practices.

Today IDAC is releasing the results of its analysis of the CommonPass app. CommonPass is a free app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, which was developed through a nonprofit public trust and is operated by The Commons Project. The Commons Project is working alongside the World Economic Forum…


By Leslie Harris

Last month, the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC) launched its investigation into Vaccine Passports to increase transparency about privacy practices, identify harms and practices that don’t align with app users’ reasonable expectations, and highlight best practices.

As part of our initial investigation, we performed an initial analysis into New York’s Excelsior Pass. Our results found no inappropriate data transmissions, and no personal information or unexpected permissions transmitted. The governing privacy policy on the app is clear and outlines the information collected and access permissions.

To date, Excelsior Pass has been a laudable effort due to its simple…


By Leslie Harris

As more people in the United States and around the world receive COVID vaccines, state and local leaders are struggling to ensure public safety as more people begin to travel, dine out, meet up with friends and family, and gather for events.

When New York launched its Excelsior Pass in late March, we entered a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery: using personal vaccination information to ensure those gathering in public are protected. But who should have access to that information and what are the rules to ensure privacy is protected? …

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