QR codes temporarily removed from Sask. COVID-19 vaccine records due to ‘privacy violation’ | The Canadian News

QR codes are being temporarily removed from residents’ COVID-19 vaccination records due to a situation that eHealth Saskatchewan is treating as a privacy violation.

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A Saskatchewan government statement said they were alerted to a problem downloading patient QR codes.

“TI has identified that COVID-19 vaccination records of up to 19 residents have the potential to be displayed on the QR codes of other citizens. One person’s information has been identified to date, ”the statement said.

“With great caution, QR codes will not be issued on vaccination certificates until early next week. Citizens currently cannot view their proof of vaccination certificate in MySaskHealthRecord, although administered vaccines are still displayed, ”the statement added.

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Residents who have already printed, downloaded, or captured the QR code on their COVID-19 vaccination record between September 19-24 are asked to destroy or delete any record with the QR code as it will be invalidated.

“They are also asked to contact the eHealth Saskatchewan Privacy Officer if they have noticed someone else’s name appearing when their QR code is scanned.”

The Privacy Officer can be contacted at [email protected].

“We are working closely with our vendor to investigate and resolve any problems and prevent other problems,” said Davin Church, vice president of programs and technology for eHealth Saskatchewan.

“We understand the high demand in Saskatchewan for records that meet proof of vaccination requirements.”

The statement added that the person whose name and information were captured in error has been contacted. The Saskatchewan Office of the Information and Privacy Officer has been aware of this problem.

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On Saturday, residents will be able to download or print their immunization record voucher. This record will still include your name and details about the vaccines administered, but the QR code will be absent from the record.

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