Identity verification aspect of the COVID Vaccine Pass Platform

Alec Aiken made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Alec Aiken

Dear Ministry of Health,

We would like to request access to all documents pertaining to the design of the COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Platform. We are especially interested in what input DIA and/or INZ had in the design.

Yours faithfully,
Alec Aiken
Kaiwhakahaere Tari for Karetai Wood-Bodley & Co

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act (the Act) request. This is
an automatic reply to let you know we received it.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. We
will endeavour to acknowledge your request as soon as possible. Further
information about COVID-19 can be found on our
website: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

 

In accordance with the Act, we'll let you know our decision within no more
than 20 working days. If you'd like to calculate the timeframe, you can
use the Ombudsman's online calculator
here: [2]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

If you have any questions while we're processing your request, please let
us know via [3][email address]

 

Ngā mihi  

OIA Services Team  

   

[4]Ministry of Health information releases  

[5]Unite against COVID-19 

 

 

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Kia ora Alec,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202116571.

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 working days after
the day your request was received. If you'd like to calculate the
timeframe, you can use the Ombudsman's online calculator
here: [1]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. 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

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [2][email address]

 

 

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Kia ora Alec, 
Can you please clarify if your request is for information about how the My
Health Account platform verifies documents used by applicants to help
confirm their identity? Or are you referring to the COVID-19 Vaccine Pass
Platform?

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [1][email address]

 

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From: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Sent: Wednesday, 24 November 2021 12:40
To: Alec Aiken <[FOI #17668 email]>
Subject: Acknowledgement of your request for official information (ref:
H202116571)
 

Kia ora Alec,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202116571.

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 working days after
the day your request was received. If you'd like to calculate the
timeframe, you can use the Ombudsman's online calculator
here: [2]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. 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

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [3][email address]

 

 

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From: Alec Aiken

Kia ora,

We are interested in both aspects, please and thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Alec Aiken

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act (the Act) request. This is
an automatic reply to let you know we received it.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. We
will endeavour to acknowledge your request as soon as possible. Further
information about COVID-19 can be found on our
website: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

 

Please be advised that due dates for requests received from 29 November
2021 onwards take into account the following periods:

 

Christmas (25 December 2021)

Summer Holidays (25 December to 15 January)

New Year's Day (1 January 2022)

Day after News Year's Day (2 January 2022)

 

If you'd like to calculate the due date for your request, you can use the
Ombudsman's online calculator here: [2]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

If you have any questions while we're processing your request, please let
us know via [3][email address]

 

Ngā mihi  

OIA Services Team  

   

[4]Ministry of Health information releases  

[5]Unite against COVID-19 

 

 

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5. https://covid19.govt.nz/

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Kia ora Alec,

 

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 23
November 2021 for:

 

"We would like to request access to all documents pertaining to the design
of the COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Platform. We are especially interested in
what input DIA and/or INZ had in the design."

 

We are contacting you in accordance with section 18B of the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act) as your request, as it is currently worded,
is for a very large volume of information. Your request may be refused
under section 18(f) of the Act as the information requested cannot be made
available without substantial collation or research.

 

There are several things that contribute to the large scope of this
request. There are separate project streams, (Digital Identity, COVID-19
Consumer Channels, and then digital certificates) that have been working
on aspects of the current solution components for some time (some started
in 2019). If it is possible for you to narrow the scope of your request,
we may be able to provide you with information. The following points may
assist you with refining your request to a specific aspect of the NZ COVID
Pass:

 

·        My Health Account is a standalone service, providing a digital
identity solution for the health sector in general.

·        My Covid Record is a standalone service that provides digital
access to COVID-19 vaccination and test results, and uses My Health
Account as a secure digital identity to log in with.

·        My Covid Record is one of the channels (alongside 0800 numbers,
and pharmacies etc) to request a My Vaccine Pass.

·        There are also tools in the Salesforce platform (CIR/CICS) that
are used by the assisted service channels to request passes on behalf of
people (via 0800 numbers or in person at pharmacies/GPs etc).

 

All of these solutions have their own design documentation and other
functionality for things outside the domestic vaccination pass solution.
[1]My Health Account, [2]My Covid Record (and supporting [3]APIs), and the
[4]COVID-19 Immunisation Register have publicly available Privacy Impact
Assessments. These PIAs cover some of the technical design and
implementation of each solution, which may also answer some of your
questions.

 

Please respond by 10 December 2021 so that we can consider your
refinement in our response to your request.

 

We look forward to receiving your response.

 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [5][email address]

 

 

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From: Alec Aiken

Dear OIA Requests,

Thank you for your request for clarification. We are only interested in aspects relating to the COVID19 Vaccine Pass.

Yours sincerely,

Alec Aiken

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Kia ora Alec,  

 

The Ministry would like to talk to you about your request. Would it be
possible for you to provide us with a phone number (via email,
[1][email address]) so we can contact you about this request. Despite
efforts to refine, the scope of your request is still unclear.  

 

Ngā mihi 

 

OIA Services 

Government Services 

Office of the Director-General 

Ministry of Health 

E: [2][email address

 

 

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From: Alec Aiken <[FYI request #17668 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 9 December 2021 10:59
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Refinement of your request for official information
(ref:H202116571)
 
Dear OIA Requests,

Thank you for your request for clarification. We are only interested in
aspects relating to the COVID19 Vaccine Pass.

Yours sincerely,

Alec Aiken

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From: Alec Aiken

Kia ora,

Apologies for the confusion and thank you for your attempts to clarify. I have asked FYI to provide me with the email address so that I can give you my contact information.

We are interested in aspects relating to the Covid19 Vaccine Pass that relate to transgender, non binary, and intersex people and also that relate to refugees.

Yours sincerely,

Alec Aiken

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Tçnâ koe Alec

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act) on 23 November 2021 for information relating to the design of the
COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Platform. You specifically requested:

             

“We would like to request access to all documents pertaining to the design
of the COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Platform. We are especially interested in
what input DIA and/or INZ had in the design.”

 

On 8 December 2021, the Ministry informed you that you were advised via
email that your request was for a very large volume of information and may
be refused under section 18(f) of the Act unless a refinement to the scope
is made. We provided you with the following correspondence below.

 

“We are contacting you in accordance with section 18F of the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act) as your request, as it is currently worded,
is for a very large volume of information. Your request may be refused
under section 18(f) of the Act as the information requested cannot be made
available without substantial collation or research.

 

There are several things that contribute to the large scope of this
request. There are separate project streams, (Digital Identity, COVID-19
Consumer Channels, and then digital certificates) that have been working
on aspects of the current solution components for some time (some started
in 2019). If it is possible for you to narrow the scope of your request,
we may be able to provide you with information. The following points may
assist you with refining your request to a specific aspect of the NZ COVID
Pass:

·       My Health Account is a standalone service, providing a digital
identity solution for the health sector in general.

·       My Covid Record is a standalone service that provides digital
access to COVID-19 vaccination and test results and uses My Health Account
as a secure digital identity to log in with.

·       My Covid Record is one of the channels (alongside 0800 numbers,
and pharmacies etc) to request a My Vaccine Pass.

·       There are also tools in the Salesforce platform (CIR/CICS) that
are used by the assisted service channels to request passes on behalf of
people (via 0800 numbers or in person at pharmacies/GPs etc).

All of these solutions have their own design documentation and other
functionality for things outside the domestic vaccination pass solution.
[1]My Health Account, [2]My Covid Record (and supporting [3]APIs), and
the [4]COVID-19 Immunisation Register have publicly available Privacy
Impact Assessments. These PIAs cover some of the technical design and
implementation of each solution, which may also answer some of your
questions.”

 

On 9 December 2021, you stated that “we are only interested in aspects
relating to the COVID19 Vaccine Pass”.

 

In regard to your email correspondence the Ministry provided you with the
following:

 

“The Ministry would like to talk to you about your request. Would it be
possible for you to provide us with a phone number (via email,
[5][email address]) so we can contact you about this request. Despite
efforts to refine, the scope of your request is still unclear”.   

 

On the same day you replied with: “Apologies for the confusion and thank
you for your attempts to clarify. I have asked FYI to provide me with the
email address so that I can give you my contact information. We are
interested in aspects relating to the Covid19 Vaccine Pass that relate to
transgender, non binary, and intersex people and also that relate to
refugees”.

 

To date, the Ministry has not received any contact details from you or
FYI.

 

The Ministry will be responding to your request however, unfortunately,
due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and will be unable to provide you
with a response to your request today. We apologise for any inconvenience
this may cause and will endeavour to provide this information as soon as
reasonably practicable.  

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [6][email address]

 

 

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