(ETH) – As the World anticipates an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 the concert industry is preparing for a potential return to live events in the coming months but don’t get too excited yet. That is because of the major ticket industry, Ticketmaster is reportedly working on plans to use smartphones to verify whether customers have been vaccinated or tested for the virus, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles.
The process is still in the early stages of development but the report states that the process would involve fans using the Ticketmaster app in partnership with medical information firms and vaccine and testing distributors. This is technology is very similar to what smartphone developers have been using with “contact tracing”.
In a more detailed report on this, Apple and Google announced back in the Spring that future versions of the iOS and Android operating systems would include the companies’ Covid-19 notification system that previously required users to seek out and install an app made by a public health authority.
If you check your phone you will likely see this now installed in the latest operating systems. Upon buying a ticket from Ticketmaster, fans will be required to either verify their vaccination status or prove they have tested negative for coronavirus within 72 hours prior to the concert dates.
The report states that Regional health authorities would determine the length of coverage for any test. The report goes further to state that after customers are tested, they would be required to authorize a lab to share their results with a health pass company such as IBM or CLEAR.
Then if one of the requirements is met, the health pass company would verify that information with Ticketmaster, which only then would then release the tickets to the customer. Of course, that means if any fan tests positive or fails to verify vaccination status will be denied access to the event.
CBS States: “While details are still murky, the report says Ticketmaster would only receive verification of a customer’s status and would not store or have access to medical records. All data sharing would be required to be in compliance with medical privacy laws”.