Identify verification for generating QR codes

Andi Buchanan made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Andi Buchanan

Dear Ministry of Health,

Regarding the generation of QR codes for the COVID tracer app by businesses, venues, events, and similar, could you please tell me:

1. Why was drivers licence was chosen as the primary method of verification, as opposed to RealMe, or other identification options such as passports?

2. Are there plans to change the primary online QR code generation process to include other forms of identification?

3. If the answer to (2) is no, has there been discussion of this since the initial roll-out out of the app, and (if so) what conclusions have been reached from those discussions or are they ongoing?

I am aware that there is a secondary process that allows people without drivers licenses to acquire QR codes via email and follow up phone call, however I am interested in the primary (online) process, or in alternatives that are similarly straight-forward and wholly online.

Yours faithfully,

Andi Buchanan

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Thank you for your request for official information received 1 February
2021 for:

"Regarding the generation of QR codes for the COVID tracer app by
businesses, venues, events, and similar, could you please tell me:

1. Why was drivers licence was chosen as the primary method of
verification, as opposed to RealMe, or other identification options such
as passports?

2. Are there plans to change the primary online QR code generation process
to include other forms of identification?

3. If the answer to (2) is no, has there been discussion of this since the
initial roll-out out of the app, and (if so) what conclusions have been
reached from those discussions or are they ongoing?

I am aware that there is a secondary process that allows people without
drivers licenses to acquire QR codes via email and follow up phone call,
however I am interested in the primary (online) process, or in
alternatives that are similarly straight-forward and wholly online."

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202100587.

As required under the Official Information Act 1982 we will endeavour to
respond to your request no later than 2 March 2021, being 20 working days
after the day your request was received.  

If we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we
will notify you of an extension of that time frame.

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

Ngā mihi

OIA Services
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Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
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