Early on in the pandemic, the heightened need for various biosurveillance measures sparked interest in the relevance of privacy-enhancing technologies such as blockchain that could protect public health data amid the crisis.
An individual Twitter user claimed last week that Frankfurt Airport’s Corona testing center appeared to be using IOTA blockchain technology to manage passengers’ health stat, and this fact has now been confirmed to Cointelegraph by the technology provider.
Ubirch, a blockchain-based cybersecurity technology provider based in Cologne and several other locations, has developed the IT infrastructure for a solution it calls the “Digital Corona Test Certificate.” The solution supports verification of an individual’s SARS-CoV-2 status while remaining compliant with European data protection standards under the GDPR framework. An Ubirch representative explained:
“Ubrich anchors an anonymous digital fingerprint in a blockchain. This way, an individual’s certified SARS-CoV-2 status can easily be verified by the airline at the departure gate, the arrival airport, or any other entry point by