June 5, 2023

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QR Code: Less information than driver’s license

QR Code: Less information than driver's license

Security concerns regarding the QR code of the vaccine passport are growing, as this measure comes into effect from 1Is September in Quebec.

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However, for a cybersecurity analyst, the risks of personal data theft are very low, and the QR code contains very little sensitive information.

“Let’s be clear on one thing: the QR code contains the name and date of birth … this is far less information than all the other identification pieces we have and then we have no problem displaying these parts as soon as you get them cranked at the Convenience Store and at SAQ.” Steven Lochans cites driving license as an example.

In addition to the name and date of birth, the QR code will contain vaccination information such as the person’s gender and place of appointment, date and time.

“No health insurance, no social insurance, no phone or email number,” Lachans said.

The latter are well aware that it is easy to predict instances of data theft, but there is no doubt that traders are malicious.

“We are already giving away identity documents that reveal more information about us than the QR code. Is there really a network of smugglers who register when we give our card to the convenience store? Not sure. With the QR code, I think it will be the same,” he said.

Another important explanation: the application used to read QR codes does not record data.

“We scan and after a few seconds, there is not much data in the system, so there is no geolocation and no database that is not sent anywhere,” said Steven Lochans.

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Friday, within 15 hours of our Bureau of Investigation, Hackers were able to create an application It is possible to copy personal information included in the vaccine passport and track certain movements of cubes.

However, Mr. Lachans emphasized that the application was not used by traders.

To some extent, the cybersecurity expert believes that the QR code overcomes fears.

“The system, I think the way it is designed is very good. I think there are problems beyond technology, it’s above all else. There are philosophical and social issues around us. [l’utilisation d’une preuve vaccinale]. But in terms of the risks surrounding technology and privacy, I think it’s a long way off, ”he concluded.

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