Bubbles and travel corridors managed by the OK2Roam system cannot be described as ‘safe’ because it implies that they are guaranteed to be free of COVID-19, which is not possible. They are, however, very low risk because the population inside has been screened for the virus on entry and gregarious people, who have the potential to be substantial spreaders of the virus, have been screened more often, which reduces the overall riskiness of the whole population in the bubble.
In normal circumstances, individuals’ contact information and identity are encrypted and held securely. Similarly, interactions between wearables are also encrypted. This data is only revealed in the event of infection, when it is decrypted and passed to the relevant authority and/or travel business so they can reach out to people who are at risk.
The system works on the basis of codes, which belong to wearable devices. The codes can be seen, along with health status but the association of the code with a person’s personal data normally only occurs when the device has been in close contact with another device belonging to somebody who has become infected with COVID-19.
The OK2Roam system is designed with GDPR in mind and to be GDPR compliant. How users’ personal information will be held and used is explained on sign up and they can only proceed to join the OK2Roam system by accepting all the rules and policies prior to sign up.
Removing and/or sharing one’s wearable with another person is expressly forbidden and this is made clear on sign up. If anyone is found to have done so, the wearable can be deactivated, which will mean the wearer will no longer be able to enter an OK2Roam-managed bubble or travel corridor. In addition, if such action is implicated in the spread of infection, OK2Roam has the right to reveal such conduct to the authorities and to travel businesses, should they wish to pursue legal action against the wearer.
Where a wearable is lost or stolen, it can be deactivated remotely; and the wearer can be issued with a new device. There may be a loss of deposit in respect of the device which has disappeared and there may be a charge for the new device. Also, the wearer will also need to take a test before the replacement device becomes active.