COVID-19: Alberta’s vaccination record website is back up and running; probing for potential privacy violations going on
The website Albertans had to use to access their vaccination records is now back up and running while the investigation into whether a technical glitch on the site led to a privacy breach continues, according to the report. Health Minister Jason Copping.
Copping provided an update during its Monday afternoon press conference to provide Albertans with the latest information on the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“The technical issue has been resolved and the updated QR code vaccine record is now available to print or download at alberta.ca/covidrecords,” he said.
Starting November 24, Albertans are said to be able to download a new version of their COVID-19 vaccine profile QR code. However, hours after the code was made available, the government shut down the website after problems were reported.
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The new QR Code is being made available to Albertans planning to travel domestically and internationally and will meet federal travel requirements.
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Copping said the investigation into the matter is looking into how many Albertans may have been affected if there was a privacy breach. Last week, the government said the problem “does not appear to be caused by a security breach to the system.”
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“Protecting Albertans personal information is essential and on behalf of the government of Alberta, I apologize… (for) this potential breach and I would like to thank all Albertans for their patience while we are with us. working to address this issue,” Copping said Monday.
“Additional checks are currently being done to prevent this from happening again.”
Copping assured Albertans that the QR code recording “is not connected to any other personal or health information.”
“The investigation is still ongoing and we will update everyone once it is complete,” he said.
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