The CovPass app is an important tool for quickly and easily verifying your current corona status. Version 1.19, which has now been released, finally makes it easier to assign new certificates in CovPass – and thus ensures less frustration when using the app
The CovPass app has been in the top 3 apps in the app stores for over a year now. No wonder, because the digital corona vaccination certificate makes everyday life and travel a lot easier during the pandemic. Whether in a restaurant, at check-in at the airport, in a hotel or at the ticket office for attractions: the CovPass app can be used to prove that you have been vaccinated or have recovered.
The CovPass app has now been released in version 1.19 for iOS and Android and thus receives some exciting innovations, most of which also implement suggestions from users.
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Update to version 1.19: This is new
The CovPass app is constantly being updated and the range of functions is constantly being improved.
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Two new functions in particular stand out in version 1.19 for iOS and Android, which make using the app less annoying:
Allocation of newly added certificates: The app can now better allocate newly scanned certificates to the right person, even if there are differences in the spelling of the name, title or middle name. So far, error messages and the impossibility of adding the certificate have often occurred. New options for the 2G Plus test: Convalescence certificates can now also be scanned as valid 2G+ proof. The combination of basic immunization/recovery as 2G+ proof is now also possible.
In addition, the CovPass app now includes a statement on the current status of accessibility, which can be found in the app's settings.
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CovPass App: Digital vaccination record for Android and iOS
The CovPass app works in three steps.
Like the Corona warning app, the CovPass app is available free of charge and its use is voluntary. Unlike the Corona warning app, the smartphone app CovPass does not have a contact tracing function. Instead, you can use the CovPass app to load proof of corona vaccinations or your recovered status directly onto your smartphone. There is a verification mechanism to prevent counterfeiting. The app consists of 3 steps:
Important: The QR code of a corona vaccination is only valid if 14 days have passed after the second vaccination or if a booster vaccination has been entered. When checked, the QR code also shows only the most necessary information, such as vaccination status, name and date of birth. In addition to the app, a valid ID document, such as an ID card, is also required.
The app allows you to add several vaccination certificates, so that parents can also store certificates for their children there and show them on request.
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Privacy in the CovPass app
The CovPass app only stores the complete vaccination data locally, when scanning it there is verification.
Corona apps have increased data protection requirements. The CovPass app cannot work completely anonymously, after all it is intended to prove the vaccination status for a specific person. Security and data protection were nevertheless taken into account. The RKI mentions the following points:
Local data storage: The complete vaccination data is only permanently stored locally on the smartphone. Data economy: The QR code only contains the minimum required data set according to EU specifications. Cryptographic security: The QR code is protected by a strong signature and is forgery-proof.