ICAO Releases Master List of Public Keys for Digital Health Passes

A Master List for Authenticating Digital Health Passes has been released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to help countries and organizations process reliable COVID-19 credentials.

The Health Master List provides the root of trusted public key certificates for use with digital health passes, including digitally signed barcodes. The barcode is verified with its associated public key.

The system allows aviation actors to verify the authenticity of digital documents, and therefore the state of health, without having to collect additional personal information, and has been anticipated by experts since the deployment of the first permits. go digital.

ICAO has also partnered with Luxembourg’s state IT security service InCert on a public key infrastructure (PKI) initiative to support the master list.

“Presentation of COVID-19 health intervention documentation has become commonplace since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many states initially released appropriate health evidence for national use cases and/or or regional,” commented ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar. . “The result has been the deployment of a variety of different national or regional formats and the proliferation of travel restrictions due to low levels of confidence by border, immigration and health authorities in the validity of health documents. travellers.”

The public key certificates included have been verified using strict procedures similar to the ICAO Public Key Directory used to verify the authenticity of biometric passports.

“The Health Master List concept is based on the same principles as the ICAO Generic Master List now used to verify electronic travel documents,” adds Salazar. “It will complement existing national and/or regional solutions and provide an essential international mechanism for sharing public key certificates in accordance with WHO recommendations.”

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authentication | biometrics | data protection | data sharing | digital identification | verification of documents | health packages | ICAO | mobile app

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