Beware: Posting vaccination certificates on social networks could be dangerous

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In times of Corona, you can see photos of vaccination cards on social networks again and again. Yellow paper, white glue, stamp, signature – and a joyful text. But such vaccination card postings are better left alone. For two reasons.
Even if the joy is great and you want to share it with everyone, you should not share pictures of the Covid 19 vaccination entry in the vaccination certificate on social networks.

For one thing, this could play into the hands of criminals, who could use the information they see, such as the batch number or the stamp, to produce fake vaccination certificates or misuse the information in other ways.

On the other hand, it is simply a matter of personal health data – these are sensitive and should be protected, explains the Federal Ministry of Health. This also applies to the data from the vaccination certificate.

Data thieves have an easy job
Eugen Brysch of the Stiftung Patientenschutz (Patient Protection Foundation) is more explicit: “No one is protected from the misuse of personal health data. That’s why thrift and caution must be exercised when it comes to highly sensitive data on the Net.” After all, he said, health insurance cards, medical reports and vaccination cards involve the most confidential information. “These have no place in social media. Data thieves otherwise have an easy game.”

In Germany, a research by the ARD magazine “Report Mainz” had recently thrown light on the illegal trade in fake vaccination cards. According to the report, the forgeries, which can be bought on the Internet at sometimes horrendous prices, contain entries about Covid-19 vaccinations including supposedly genuine stickers with batch numbers, stamps and signatures.

More and more often, people share their certificate on social media. They are probably unaware that it is being copied.

How the vaccination certificate can be falsified at the drop of a hat
According to the German Press Agency, the Ministry of Health says that anyone who posts their vaccination certificate on the Internet is playing into the criminals’ hands. Because: From the visible information such as the batch number or the stamp, fake vaccination cards are produced.

Eugen Brysch of the Patient Protection Foundation also warns against posting the vaccination card on the Internet: “No one is protected from personal health data being misused,” he explains. For this reason, he says, care should be taken to be economical and cautious when it comes to highly sensitive data on the Net. “Data thieves otherwise have an easy game.”

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