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Public health or private wealth? How digital vaccine passports pave way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism
Jeremy Loffredo and Max Blumenthal
Posted November 26, 2021

oligarchs will profit from vaccine passportsFor those yearning for an end to pandemic-related restrictions, credential programs certifying their vaccination against Covid-19 have been marketed as the key to reopening the economy and restoring their personal freedom. But the implementation of immunity passports is also accelerating the establishment of a global digital identity infrastructure.

And as the CEO of iProove, a biometric ID company and Homeland Security contractor, emphasized to Forbes, “The evolution of vaccine certificates will actually drive the whole field of digital ID in the future. So, therefore, this is not just about Covid, this is about something even bigger.”

For the national security state, digital immunity passports promise unprecedented control over populations wherever such systems are implemented. Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, Canada has described the vaccine passport system already active in her province as “a new, inescapable web of surveillance with geolocation data being tracked everywhere.”

For tech oligarchs such Bill Gates and neoliberal institutions such as the World Economic Forum, digital ID and digital currency systems have already enabled the extraction of unbelievable profits in the Global South, where hundreds of millions of people remain “unbanked” and therefore outside the sphere of electronic payments systems. More…

The Facts:
Surveillance and tracking are growing, not receeding. The Covid “crisis” has provided the perfect opportunity to institute vaccine passports, which will be the gateway to additional tracking and surveillance as well as a digital ID system.

Reflect On:
Regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not, do you really want to leave your children a dystopian world in a “papers please” society where all their movements and purchases are tracked by government, oligarchs,  and transnational corporations?