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The Data Drop News for Friday, February 5, 2021

Updated: May 18, 2021

Canada's Zero-Copy Integration, UK struggles for COVID data, a new Consumer Privacy report, and US Vaccine Passports

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Canada's proposed 'Zero-Copy Integration' standard

Breaking news out of Canada, where work has begun on the development of Zero-Copy Integration, a new Data Governance standard recently initiated by the CIO Strategy Council.

The proposed Zero-Copy Integration standard will introduce owner-defined access controls that exceed many of the protections outlined in regulations such as Europe’s GDPR, California’s CCPA, and Canada’s recent Bill C-11.

Successfully implementing a national Zero-Copy Integration policy would make Canada a global leader in data privacy protection.

UK struggles with COVID data

Uncertainty abounds in the battle against COVID-19. In the UK, evidence reported by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee indicates that the nation’s response to COVID was hampered by poor data access and a lack of proper data sharing.

Their Chief Scientific Adviser stated, “One lesson that is very important to learn from this pandemic, and for emergencies in general, is that data flows and data systems are incredibly important. You need the information in order to be able to make the decisions.”

The UK has one of the highest infection rates of COVID-19 in the world and the most cases per capita."

New EY Consumer Privacy report

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people view their personal data. According to Ernst & Young’s 2020 Global Consumer Privacy Survey, 50% of consumers say they are now more willing to share personal data, especially if it's for research or community health purposes.

Still, data privacy is important. Respondents mentioned secure collection and storage, control over what data is being shared, and trust in the company collecting their data as the most important influences in making the decision to share their data.

Willingness to share data also varies by generation: 45% of Millennials and 49% of Generation Z have shared COVID-19 health data with an organization, compared with just 21% of Baby Boomers."

US vaccine passports

All that willingness to share data could help in the creation of a digital “COVID-19 vaccination passport.” A coalition of health and tech corporations, including Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic, are currently working on such a passport.

This would allow airlines and other businesses to quickly check the COVID vaccination status of potential customers. It could also be used in countries where vaccination is mandatory.

The passport itself would likely take the form of a QR code or otherwise be available in your digital wallet.


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