“Before businesses can effectively reopen, workers and customers need to be assured that they’re unlikely to encounter coronavirus infections. Linking COVID-19 to IDs could make that easier, but to be fully effective, it requires a more vigorous and reliable testing regimen, as well as public acceptance of a new level of tech-enabled health surveillance.”
“The system works like this: Using a Health Pass app, people have their identity validated through facial recognition, then they indicate whether they’re sick by taking a real-time health quiz and uploading test results. That would generate a QR code, which can be scanned by some device, like a phone or a Clear kiosk, to allow entry into an office or store within a certain time period.”
Imagine giving a biometric company the power to decide who gets to work and who doesn’t in real-time? Because that is exactly what Clear wants.
“To enter a business or venue that employs Health Pass, users will snap a selfie to authenticate their identity and take a health quiz on possible COVID-19 symptoms. The company says that it plans for users to be able to link COVID-19 test results with their digital identity in the future.”
“There’s no guarantee that a user will fill out a health quiz honestly, especially if the answers could mean the difference between being able to work or not. Temperature checks wouldn’t necessarily catch the asymptomatic or those in the infectious period before symptoms set in.”
“Health Pass by Clear gives employees and consumers the confidence and peace of mind to get back to work, shop at their favorite store, step into a restaurant and attend a ball game”
“Someone can actively have the Covid-19 virus but not produce antibodies detectable by a test, meaning they would be an invisible and active carrier of the disease. In fact, no result from an antibody test meaningfully changes what a person should do in this situation, which is practice social distancing whenever in public.
“If Clear’s Health Pass is widely adopted, it gives a private organization immense power over the implementation of public health policy. That’s especially risky at a time when there are no nationwide public health policies for reopening the country.”
Do we really want to let Google, Apple, Microsoft and Clear shape our health policies? Big Tech and the biometrics industry are masters at public manipulation. They are making billions of dollars off of our personal information.
In China, residents are required to download an AliPay app that shows businesses, restaurants and malls a person’s coronavirus status.
“A green light lets you in anywhere. A yellow light could send you into home confinement. The dreaded red light throws a person into a strict two-week quarantine at a hotel.”
A nation held hostage by fear and run by corporate interests who profit from national surveillance is a terrifying prospect. Can social credit scoring be far behind?