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Clear links health data to digital ID with biometrics to enable COVID-19 screening for businesses

Clear links health data to digital ID with biometrics to enable COVID-19 screening for businesses

Clear has developed a new service using biometrics to link personal health data to verified IDs to enable businesses to screen employees for COVID-19 infection as they return to work.

The new Health Pass offering is accessed through the Clear smartphone app, which users register with by enrolling their facial biometrics. Users take a selfie, complete a form of questions about COVID-19 symptoms and upload or link to their test results before entering a business of venue. The business implementing Health Pass will provide Clear pods, where the user verified his or her identity with facial recognition or a QR code generated by the app, which allows health and ID data to be shared, a process which may include a temperature check. In the future, Clear intends to allow COVID-19 test results to be linked with the user’s digital ID.

Health Pass is expected to be launched within the next week.

“CLEAR’s trusted biometric identity platform was born out of 9/11 to help millions of travelers feel safe when flying,” Clear Head of Public Affairs Maria Comella told Axios. “Now, CLEAR’s touchless technology is able to connect identity to health insights to help people feel confident walking back into the office.”

The company is in talks with restauranteur Danny Meyer, the New York Mets, and the Las Vegas COVID-19 recovery task force, according to Axios.

Immunity passports have proven a controversial concept, though Axios warns that “we’ll need to get used to a more invasive level of health surveillance.”

For its part, Clear says the Health Pass idea will evolve over time.

Clear’s biometric technology was launched at St. Louis Lambert International Airport earlier this year.

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