Petition launched against New York's COVID test result, vaccination status app

WHECTV
Updated: March 29, 2021 08:38 AM
Created: March 29, 2021 05:28 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— There's a push against New York State's newly-launched Excelsior Pass.

A petition on Change.org says the app, which was launched Friday, could discriminate against people that can't be vaccinated for health reasons. The app gives venues proof of your vaccination or recent negative COVID test.

Additionally, the petition says the app was created by tech company IBM, and it isn't clear how it will secure New Yorker's sensitive health information.

News10NBC In-Depth

With the app's security being called in to question, News10NBC took an In-Depth look.

State officials tell us there are "robust" privacy protections throughout the digital health pass--giving you control of your personal information using an encrypted digital phone wallet or printed pass.

Remember-- it's also a voluntary program, and if you decide to use it, you can choose which passes to use for which purposes, without sharing your personal information. 

User info is kept confidential. 

The QR code only informs the venue if a pass is valid.

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