In the pandemic’s bewildering early days, millions worldwide believed government officials who said they needed confidential data for new tech tools that could help stop coronavirus’ spread. In return, governments got a firehose of individuals’ private health details, photographs that captured their facial measurements and their home addresses.

[And network-side smart phone tracking apps that recorded everyone’s locations, in real-time.]

Now, from Beijing to Jerusalem to Hyderabad, India, and Perth, Australia, The Associated Press has found that authorities used these technologies and data to halt travel for activists and ordinary people, harass marginalized communities and link people’s health information to other surveillance and law enforcement tools. In some cases, data was shared with spy agencies. The issue has taken on fresh urgency almost three years into the pandemic as China’s ultra-strict zero-COVID policies recently ignited the sharpest public rebuke of the country’s authoritarian leadership since the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Police seize on COVID-19 tech to expand global surveillance | AP News

Reminder: Speaker of British House of Commons suggests Covid lockdowns were a dry run for climate lockdowns – Coldstreams

We have ended democracy and freedom and turned our lives over to technocratic elite (basically the central committees of communism). Next up: “Climate Lockdowns”. These are coming.

If you wonder why I am skeptical of Experts, the technocratic elite, and no longer listen to one word from public health or epidemiology, just look at those two links above.

By EdwardM