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Permanent 'Health Codes' raises privacy concerns
Published on: 2020-05-26
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qrHangzhou aims to promote its new health code, released during the COVID-19 pandemic and used to gauge virus infection risks, which has triggered widespread debate online.
 

Health commission officials in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, deployed the work on health code integration, including citizens' digital cases, health examinations, and lifestyle management on Friday, the Xiaoshan TV reported.

Screenshots of Hangzhous proposal for a permanent color code system for tracking residents health statusScreenshots of Hangzhou’s proposal for a permanent color-code system for tracking residents’ health status

The new health code, accessible via smartphones, will monitor health conditions and behavior, including exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, and sleeping.
 

The technology will be used to rank citizens according to their health.
 

Chinese cities have used health codes to indicate COVID-19 infection risks. Citizens are being asked to show their health codes on their smartphones before entering public places.
 

The Hangzhou Health Code was released on February 11. It has three colors of red, yellow, and green. Red indicates high infection risk, while green indicates safe from infection.

qr 2The commission vowed to practice the health code in May and June, making the health code a "citizen companion."
 

The topic "Hangzhou to upload gradient health code" has garnered more than 100 million hits on Weibo, where opinions have remained mixed.
 

"That's probably too much. Am I a robot? I cannot be sick otherwise I would be rooted?" said one Weibo user.
 

"Other people have no right to read my health report," read another comment.
 

健康码常态化或将记录吸烟饮酒等个人信息
网民忧侵犯隐私

新冠肺炎疫情爆发后,「健康码」在各地获得大力推广。「健康码」是一种二维码,由市民通过微信或支付宝进行申请,记录市民是否遭新冠病毒感染或有无接触被感染者等信息,市民亦以此为凭证出入通行内地各省市。
 

如今各地疫情逐步受控,但健康码却不会因此被废除,而是将被应用于更广泛领域。据浙江媒体报导,未来杭州健康码将实现「一码知健(康)」:通过集成电子病历、健康体检、生活方式管理的相关数据,在关联健康指标和健康码颜色的基础上,探索建立个人健康指数排行榜。
 

对于杭州健康码常态化及应用范围扩大,有市民表示支持,不过,也有民众担忧此举可能涉嫌侵犯个人隐私。

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