The government will be able to recover the personal data of diners after the expansion of the vaccine bubble

The Hong Kong government will be able to retrieve the personal details and contacts of diners who visited Covid-affected restaurants after the vaccine bubble expanded on February 24.

Instead of relying on people to come to mandatory tests on their own, health workers can identify and call diners who have visited a restaurant where there is a Covid-19 infection, according to the Innovation and Health Secretary. Alfred Sit Wing-hang Technology.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced earlier that from Feb. 24, only vaccinated people will be able to enter restaurants and a list of premises that has not yet been finalized.

They must use the LeaveHomeSafe app when visiting the premises, and the app will be linked to their vaccination record and will act as a “vaccination pass”.

Speaking on a radio show on Monday, Sit said that after the vaccine pass is passed, authorities will be able to retrieve diners’ personal information as it appears in their vaccination records – including their names. , their identity card numbers and their telephone numbers.

The Health Protection Center will be able to directly call diners affected by an outbreak, which will strengthen contact tracing, he said.

Sit pointed out that the app doesn’t come with a location tracking feature – meaning the app itself won’t track where a user is going using GPS.

The restaurateurs will keep encrypted records of diners’ visits, which they will not be able to decode themselves. If one of their guests is infected, the Health Protection Center may ask them to upload this data for contact tracing.

Previously, officials stressed that information on LeaveHomeSafe would stay on users’ phones and not be sent to the government.

They also said no real-name registration was needed for LeaveHomeSafe, which sets it apart from Hong Kong’s health code.

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