QR codes removed from Sask. vaccination records due to privacy breach

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Regina – QR codes are being temporarily removed from Saskatchewan COVID-19 vaccination records due to a privacy breach.

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The government of Saskatchewan said vaccination records of up to 19 residents have the ability to display another person’s QR code.

The province said one person’s information was “accidentally captured” and contacted. The Office of the Information and Privacy Officer of Saskatchewan has been made aware of the issue.

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“There have been three reports of people getting that person’s information within their QR code,” David Church, vice president of programs and technology at eHealth Saskatchewan, said Friday afternoon.

Evidence of vaccination records was not provided on MySaskHealthRecord on Friday. Residents will be able to download or print proof of their vaccination records on Saturday, but the QR code will be absent.

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“Citizens who have already printed/downloaded/captured the QR code on their COVID-19 vaccination record between 19-24 September are asked to destroy/delete any record with their COVID-19 QR code as the code will be invalidated,” the government said in a release.

The province added that anyone who has seen someone else’s name linked to their QR code should contact eHealth Saskatchewan’s privacy officer at [email protected]

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