Internet connection required for locals to confirm health code, says government


The government said locals will be asked to connect their QR code reader to the internet within two weeks from today to check visitors’ health codes.

In a television interview, Deputy Director of Government Information Tony Wong Chi-kwong said locals had to update their QR code scanners within a week, and there would be a grace period of two weeks for devices to be connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data to scan visitor health records.

“Locals can first distinguish the color of the visitor’s code by visual inspection during the update period,” Wong said, “however, the responsibility will lie with the visitors themselves since their health code records will be sent to health units if they enter restricted areas while holding red codes.

Since the authority announced on August 7 that the quarantine period for overseas arrivals would be reduced, incoming travelers will have the health code on their “LeaveHomeSafe” apps with different colors depending on their home information. state of health to be collected by the authority.

“There will be no system privacy leak issues,” Wong added.

People are required to register their personal information on vaccine passports – such as the QR code on LeaveHomeSafe, while the system will encrypt the information into non-identifiable data and characters and then send it to the cloud for safekeeping, according to Wong.

He also guaranteed that the list of confirmed cases of arrivals or holding yellow codes had been sent to the Ministry of Health and would not be disclosed.


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