Wednesday, July 29, 2020

COVID-19: Pretext for widespread surveillance. Widespread Surveillance = Medical Martial Law

Continuing on with the theme of medical martial law..

"Health Care Workers Replace Soldiers As Societies Heroes"- Medical Martial Law

Martial law: “involving the suspension of ordinary law”
LinkThough there is no precise definition of martial law, the precedent in the United States holds that under it, “certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement.”   

Still think we’re not already under medical martial law?  With lock downs. Restricted freedom of association and movement.  As the continuously glorified militarized frontline health care army is lauded. Alongside the increasingly tyrannical edicts from the political class?

What’s it going to take for you to wake up?


COVID-19 has served as the pretext for widespread surveillance
Mass data collection, geo-location tracking and facial recognition have become normalised in the climate of widespread fear of contagion. Yet these threats to privacy, liberty and democracy will only deepen with the imposition of contact tracing apps.

The COVID-19 response across Europe has seen the widespread introduction of technological surveillance and tracking measures which infringe on civil liberties and human rights, and while some drastic actions could be justified in an unprecedented situation, the broader concern is that the various aspects of digital authoritarianism that have been imposed will remain intact beyond this crisis.

Under a climate of widespread fear and uncertainty, measures which would have previously seemed unthinkable and likely to have faced strong opposition in any other circumstance have been introduced without appropriate scrutiny as to whether they are proportionate to counter-epidemic efforts and thus worth the security-liberty trade-off at hand.

As has already been witnessed amid the lockdown period, the measures taken thus far allow plenty of room for abuse of power and are only to intensify under the constant threat of the virus re-emergence.       
Tech-based measures seen in Europe

Among the first hi-tech measures widely deployed was drone surveillance, introduced in Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom, to monitor the public’s compliance with lockdown regulations and social distancing.

France’s highest administrative court soon found the use of drones unlawful due to privacy infringement as the data collected made it possible to unveil the identity of the person being tracked, and drones used by Greek law enforcement were deemed insufficiently regulated to prevent breaches of privacy.

In Poland, the government introduced an application which prompts those under quarantine orders to upload selfies within a 20-minute window to confirm they are at home, verified using facial recognition combined with location data, yet there is no explanation as to why images are to remain in government servers for six years, if it is a temporary solution.

Russia installed a network of 100,000 facial recognition cameras to keep track of quarantined individuals.  (This claim requires better verification it's of questionable origin. This link makes me wonder about the veracity of the information included in the originating piece)
"Russia has deployed an enormous amount of surveillance infrastructure, but it is not as extensive nor of the same caliber as systems that are commonplace in China,
In Russia, the technology in civilian areas primarily blankets only Moscow, however."
Radio Free Europe says the pressure of COVID-19 has “exposed the limits of Russia’s surveillance systems,” which it says suffers from “a lack of comprehensive data, coordination, and sloppy implementation.”
Many who stepped out merely to buy groceries were contacted within minutes by authorities and subsequently fined for breaching the rules, indicating that the technology is linked with a vast network of other personal data.
A law in Slovakia passed which allows the Public Health Office to use location data from smartphones to track those in quarantine, yet despite government claims that only limited data would be collected and used only in connection with the outbreak, information containing people’s gender, age and street name was published . Serbia has taken things a step further, with president Alexandar Vucic admitting to tracking phone numbers to follow the movements of individuals, particularly foreign nationals, and warned citizens to “not try to trick us by leaving the phone in one spot [while moving] because we have found another way to track who violates the rules”.
Get rid of the dam smart phones people! Willingly choosing to be tracked and traced is beyond my comprehension.
Police in Bulgaria were able to request and obtain information from telephone and internet operators concerning citizens' private communications to monitor those under quarantine, from which authorities could trace their actual location and see with whom they spoke and which websites they visited.
Romania , Germany and Liechtenstein have already tested biometric bracelets on quarantined citizens which, in the former’s case, provides the location of the wearer and informs authorities as to whether they stayed at home or stepped outside.
More surveillance through contact tracing apps
Yet the last few months have served as the foundation for the further expansion of surveillance that will arrive through government-issued contact tracing apps – to be pushed more aggressively upon a more-than-likely second wave – as they will incorporate much of the above and allow room for wider violations of privacy, freedom of expression and human rights.
A May 2020 study by Ogury found a serious lack of trust in government to protect data on contact tracing apps in Europe’s five most populated countries. In France, where just 2 percent of the population downloaded the app, 33 percent of respondents would be willing to share data and 63 percent do not trust their government to protect their information. In Spain, 57 percent do not trust the government to store data securely while in Italy 59 percent have concerns about data security, with 62 percent of those surveyed unwilling to share any data.


Even in Germany, where contract tracing app downloads surpassed 6.5 million in 24 hours, similar numbers were seen with only 36 percent willing to share data and 60 percent do not trust their government on data security. The UK, whose centralised app was abandoned, has the greatest distrust of government to store data (60 percent).
And with some reason too. Norway was forced to pull the plug on its contact tracing app after the national data protection agency said it was too invasive of privacy while in Poland, a senior software engineer quit his government’s ProteGo Safe project after one meeting with the Ministry of Digital Affairs as officials wanted the app to link data with phone numbers which would simply enable users’ deanonymisation.
Some 170 researchers and scientists in the UK working in information security and privacy signed a joint letter about their concerns over this system to the National Health Scheme’s (NHS) app. “It is vital that, when we come out of the current crisis, we have not created a tool that enables data collection on the population, or on targeted sections of society, for surveillance,” the statement read.
“Such invasive information can include the ‘social graph’ of who someone has physically met over a period of time. With access to the social graph, a bad actor (state, private sector, or hacker) could spy on citizens’ real-world activities. We are particularly unnerved by a declaration that such a social graph is indeed aimed for by NHSX.”



BigTechtopia
With COVID-19 leading technology to play an even more prominent part of our personal lives and society as a whole, the matter of how to balance safety, progress and liberty becomes a pressing subject. The influence of Big Tech in the public and political sphere is increasing, with this seemingly unstoppable technological shift leading us to a stringently conformed and surveilled population.

BigTechtopia is an independent media project created by journalist Andreas Vou in collaboration with VoxEurop to provide transparency on the technological giants, and connect the dots between these companies and their affiliations.

Being in the middle ground of this tech battle between China and the US, Europe faces a tough challenge to both stave off excessive technological and political influence of the aforementioned powerhouses through upholding its more prudent privacy laws while at the same time not falling behind its competitors. This mini-series seeks to assist the public to make better informed choices in areas that threaten democracy and other fundamental pillars of society such as freedom of speech, civil liberties and human rights.
Google and Apple – the global duopoly of all operating systems on which these apps will run and are in control of automatic API updates – stated that they will eventually allow them to “enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities” which would allow for the creation of the aforementioned ‘social graph’.
It is often defended that these apps will run on an ‘opt-in’ basis, but the inevitable social, and governmental pressure to use them, or the probability of making them a requirement for work places or for air travel, will make their voluntary status dubious, essentially coercing the public to subscribe to vulnerable fast-tracked software that would fundamentally alter the nature of our lives.

Even the WHO admitted that the “effectiveness of digital proximity tracking to assist contact tracing remains unknown” and that “currently, there are no established methods for assessing the effectiveness of digital proximity tracking” while Human Rights Watch has also questioned such apps, warning of its wider surveillance capabilities. 

Applications running on a ‘voluntary’ basis does not necessarily mean that the processing of personal data is based on the user’s consent, with most public and private entities involved in such projects unwilling to disclose for how long people will be monitored or how data will be collected, nor mentioning whether data collection will cease once the pandemic subsides.
The fierce debate within the EU over whether such apps will be centralized or decentralized, opt-in or obligatory, GPS or Bluetooth, are thus redundant, merely a distraction from more important considerations.

From the constantly evolving data which indicates a far lesser threat than first envisaged, with the CDC updating its best estimate of COVID-19’s death rate for patients who show symptoms to 0.4 percent , to other studies on antibodies which show that far more have them in their system than those who actually have the virus, and other experts insisting that such apps would only be effective at the very start of pandemics, there are clearly wider considerations that such apps leave out.
Yet concerns from professionals who sway outside the consensus of the self-anointed ‘official’ voices seem to fall on deaf ears due to an ever-more controlled and conformed information stream, allowing the COVID-19 fear mechanism and the stringent technological measures that come with it, to be activated with the flick of a switch.
The constant threat of the virus’ re-emergence plays directly into the hands of governments which have shown to be keen to impose tighter control of their populations, backed by Big Tech companies with questionable track records on privacy who are among the biggest beneficiaries of the crisis .

As a result, contact tracing apps and other invasive technological measures, which will be intrinsically linked with just about every facet of our lives, make for a frightening new reality if left unchecked and under scrutinised.

12 comments:

  1. Penny:

    If all those countries, Russia i.e., who seem to be at odds concerning many other things, seem to be perfectly aligned with what you're describing here, then that's where everyone's focus should be. There is something really big afoot.

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    1. The Great Reset. It's global.

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    2. I've updated the info with regard to Russia, because, the claims are questionable- originating with western mouthpieces- possibly less then accurate

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    3. " possibly less then accurate "

      True, but Russia is supposedly at the forefront of releasing a " vaccine " for this " virus ". Seems they are playing along.

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  2. The big move started with Overnight REPO operations in September 2019, approximately $2 trillion dollars worth, followed in December 2019 by $2+ trillion dollar QE4, quantitative easing4, and only then did our Betters unleash Coronavirus Panic in Feb/March 2020.
    So, when did they raid the Social Security Trust Fund and will they let us know?

    Btw, Dave Tam's dad was executive assistant to the CEO, World Vision. Hat tip to aanirfan's recent post on the broader implications of World Vision's associations

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    1. Hi Kdus23245

      "Btw, Dave Tam's dad was executive assistant to the CEO, World Vision."

      World Vision has serious intelligence ties... interesting

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    2. Always showing the IC's "not so hidden hand" by placing the idiot spawn of their loyal subjects in select sinecures.
      I suspect Dave might just have his malignantly narcissistic eye on a bigger prize...perhaps U.S. Surgeon General under uncle Joe.

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  3. Hi,

    hot!!!

    Alain Soral has been arrested yesterday in Paris. Nobody knows where he is now. Even his lawyer doesn't know.
    The bolcheviks are here.
    https://www.egaliteetreconciliation.fr/Arrestation-d-Alain-Soral-60300.html

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    1. Hey gallier2

      what?! Shall check it out and hope all is well where you are?
      With yours?
      and your brother too?

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    2. We are fine. Annoyed by this hysterical covid crap but otherwise fine.
      I was very busy with work (for those who think that officials never work) and had not much time to follow your work.
      The few times I checked you out I had nothing interesting to say.

      see you

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  4. Hello Penny,

    If I understand it correctly, China and Russia are also developing vaccines. I am wondering, perhaps you can answer the question: why are China and Russia developing a vaccine? Because it is not necessary for a virus which has such a low mortality rate I would say...

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    1. I can't answer the question of "why China and Russia are developing a vaccine?" Not in any definitive manner, certainly.

      Speculating... Perhaps it's purely a profit motivation for whichever companies or institutions are making them?


      Though I agree the mortality rate is extremely low.


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