Suspects identified in Macron health passport data leak

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French officials said on Wednesday they had identified health workers suspected of having disclosed the vaccination status and personal data of President Emmanuel Macron.

The details of his “health pass”, a QR code that serves as proof of vaccination or immunity and allows access to cafes and cultural life, were recently shared on social networks.

The health passport shared on social media also showed her full name and date of birth.

The data breach came after a similar incident happened to Prime Minister Jean Castex earlier this month, despite his pass being tricked through various means.

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The CNAM said that healthcare professionals who had abused their access to Macron’s contact details had been “identified” and that they would now be referred to their watchdog for possible sanctions.

A presidential official who asked to remain anonymous confirmed to TUSEN the authenticity of the health pass, saying that health professionals had consulted the president’s vaccination record and disseminated the data “either through negligence or malice” .

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All health professionals have access to the centralized computer system set up as part of the vaccination campaign, the official said.

Castex’s QR code was shared on social media last week after internet users managed to scan it from a press photo where the prime minister was seen presenting his health passport.

Macron and Castex have since received new QR codes.

The presidential spokesperson said that any citizen whose health passport was disclosed in this way could obtain a new one.

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France made the health pass compulsory in July for access to cafes, restaurants and other services from July 21 on Macron’s orders.

Despite weeks of protests from opponents who see it as a violation of civil liberties, the laissez-passer is widely regarded as a success, becoming an accepted part of daily routine and helping to push the number of the first trapped in France to the over 50 million.

(TUSEN)

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