The government said on Tuesday that an internet connection will be required for premises responsible for checking vaccine passes – such as restaurants – as part of the health code arrangement for Covid patients and arrivals. abroad.
Government Deputy Chief Information Officer Tony Wong told an RTHK program that operators will have a two-week grace period to update their QR code verification scanner and ensure devices they use can connect to WiFi or mobile data to check customer records.
“During this [updating] process, locals can first use a visual inspection to see if people have an orange health code to scan, or even if there are people with a red health code. But of course the main responsibility lies with the visitors themselves,” he said.
Wong said that after the update, the scanner can still identify people’s health status, even when they provide a hard copy of their vaccination record or don’t have the latest version of the vaccine. LeaveHomeSafe app.
The official also dismissed privacy concerns about people’s health checks, saying their personal data will be encrypted, obfuscated and hashed into non-identifiable information when uploaded to the government cloud to determine whether they hold a red or orange code.