Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

One day after the Albertans were to be able to download a new version of their COVID-19 vaccine QR code, the government issued a press release explaining that the website had been removed due to a possible breach of privacy.

“Protecting Albertan’s privacy is always our top priority, and I apologize for this potential breach,” Health Minister Jason Copping said in a press release issued late Thursday afternoon. “Alberta Health took immediate action by removing the website and the updated listing.

“I will assure Albertans that they will be kept informed when the investigation is completed and the updated travel record will be available as soon as the technical issue is resolved.”

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“Alberta Health’s support desk received 12 reports from Albertans that they received the wrong vaccine record when they entered their information on alberta.ca/CovidRecords,” the government said in a statement. “The information provided in the medical record is the name, date of birth and COVID-19 vaccination information.

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“The QR Code entry is not associated with any other health or personal information.”

The technical problem remained under investigation late Thursday afternoon, the government said, as well as how many Albertans may have been affected by it. The government added that the problem “does not appear to be caused by a security breach in the system.”

The government said the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been informed of the situation.

The new QR codes are offered to Albertans who plan to travel domestically and internationally and will meet federal travel requirements.

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