Blockchain’s coronavirus response conforms to EU laws

Judy Rubio

A public healthcare data company and IoT digital ledger professional and have united to develop a solution against the epidemic that meets the terms of data privacy regulations of the EU.

Blockchain Startup Company Ubirch of IoT with Centogene, which is listed by Nasdaq publicized on 17 April their collaboration on a project for secure usage of collective testing results on the epidemic.

Volkmar Weckesser, the CIO of Centogene, who has gathered, endemic, genetic, and genotypic data for 500,000 international patients up to the present time —reported when they teamed up with blockchain gateway of Ubirch that [SARS-CoV-2] testing data is accessible universally in a forgery-resistant way ─ leading to conversion to normal.

Confidentiality and freedom in the virus era

The fatal disease-led worldwide calamity has directed numerous confidentiality supporters to address a digital ledger as a primary instrument in the developed resource that can avert an overstretch of state-ruled bio-monitoring.

Collective gathering and statistics analysis looks like a solution to confronting the communal well being crisis. Thus, encoded digital ledger schemes can serve to lessen the poorest monitoring impact on persons' secrecy, predominantly when it concerns information on the health condition.

However, all of a sudden, long-lasting disputes appeared on how digital ledger expertise interrelates with GDPR, which stands for Regulation of General Data Protection. This is an innovative EU’s legitimate frame for the confidentiality of personal data. It came into force in 2018.

High-ranking GDPR values like the freedom to be disremembered with further extensive necessities the regulation set down EU companies have aroused the inquiry of if digital ledger networks may be designed well-matched with this agenda. To note, the ledgers are markedly unalterable, and therefore do not delete records.

The project devised by Centogene with Ubirch apparently centers on GDPR conventionality.

From the announcement, it can be implied that in line with the utmost standards of records safety, an individual’s data is merely stored in the form of digital imprints in the system, and these hash values are not interpreted if there is no user permission.

Operation process     

Together with a digital ledger portal, one partner, Centogene previously generated a SARS-CoV-2 assessment alone, and it can be conducted at the company’s labs. Digital ledger is later used to unswervingly cover the test conclusions online and afford observed citizens with a confirmable document, specifying if they received negative or else positive analysis for the infection.

The partner teams assert that the following distributed protection procedure has previously established its quality in further work settings. They also stated that the IoT-based practice is perfectly adapted to protected and ascertained condition information.

The partner establishments highlight that the digital ledger portal can be applicable for impending necessities of evidence-of-immunity, centered on an analysis of antibodies. It offers users a proven status, which may help the community to “speedily lift the quarantine limitations and set off to further specific actions.

According to yesterday’s announcement, the TBA’s International Association has lately publicized joining up with London’s University College as well as the EU’s Commission to organize activities against the ailment by blockchain solution vendors.