Company Wants To Implant Microchips In “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Workers

Not so long ago the idea that thousands of people would volunteer to have microchips implanted into their hands seemed like something out of a TV series about a dystopian future society, but it is already becoming a reality.  Thousands of fanatical technology worshippers, as crazily devoted to their deity as any medieval religious cult it seems, have already had microchips implanted, by a Swedish company. There is a near stampede to get chipped and the company behind the scheme claims it is now working with very large global employers to implement RFID chipping on the corporate level.

Jowan Osterlund, CEO of the company, Biohax, recently told a UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph  that they have been talking with a “major financial services firm” that has  “hundreds of thousands of employees”

from The Daily Telegraph:

Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices.

One prospective client, which cannot be named, is a major financial services firm with “hundreds of thousands of employees.”

Global corporations face increasing criticism of their authoroitarian management cultures and cavalier attitudes to  ethical and human rights issues. And with horror stories about hacking and cyber attacks constantly in the news, the corporate paranoia of these security-obsessed corporations is driving a rush to adopt this sort of technology.  If all of your employees are chipped, you will always know where they are, and you will always know who has access to sensitive areas or sensitive information. Current RFID technology is not like GPS however, it has limited range and cannot be used to track people outside the workplace. But emplyees smart phones and other internet enabled devices are designed to do that.

According to Osterlund, Biohax, the procedure to implant a chip takes “about two seconds”, and it is usually implanted in the hand

A syringe is used to place the chip in an area between the thumb and forefinger, according to the report. Osterlund said the procedure is similar to ear piercing and takes “about two seconds.” The microchips operate via “near field communication” technology, similar to what is used by no-contact bank cards.

“In a company with 200,000 employees, you can offer this as an opt-in,” Osterlund told the Telegraph.

Right now, many companies use security badges, and many of us are familiar with working in organisations that issue chipped identity cards. Biohax and tech fans say implanted chips are no different except that unlike security badges, which can be lost, stolen or forged,  or taken off and locked in a desk drawer, an implanted chip is much more permanent and much more secure, and that is one of the big selling points.  The following is what the chief medical officer of Biohax recently told Fox News

“The chip implant is a secure way of ensuring that a person’s digital identity is linked to their physical identity. It enables access management in a way that protects individual self-sovereignty and allows users to control the privacy of their online activity,” Dr. Stewart Southey, the Chief Medical Officer at Biohax International, told Fox News.

Of course once this technology starts to be implemented, there will be some workers, and one would hope, almost 100% of trade union leaders that will object. But if it comes down to a choice between getting the implant or losing their jobs, how many workers do you think will choose to become unemployed?

(Subversive types might be interested to know if they obtain a circular neodymium magnet about 15mm diameter and atach it with the north pole next to the skin with surgical tape, leaving it in place for 48 hours, it will effectively neutralise the chip. Doing this might get you fired of course so make sure your union will support you)

Some people will sacrifice their jobs before they will accept this return to medieval serfdom, but given the ease with which corporate propaganda has persuaded people to accept Microsoft’;s ‘not-fit-for-purpose’ operating system, shift so much of their personal data to an electronic networking medium that offers less security than a prison without walls or use a search engine or a social media platform that will not just track users around the web after they leave those sites, but also invade your personal files and mine data from them that can be used to build ‘psychological profiles’ of us and enable people who buy that information to ‘target’ us more efectively with advertising, persuading the masses to accept being chipped is not going to be a hard sell..

Personally, I will never let anyone embed a chip in my body.  But just like with so many other things (sic), most of the population will simply choose to accept the “new technology” because everybody else is doing it. We have already accepted contactless payment cards. Initially we were told the contactless feature on newly issued cards was only for payments up to £30 in Britain, but on holiday in Europe recently I noticed restaurant staff were trying to used it for bills of over €100, and a car hire clerk tried to use it for a €400 payment. And as a former IT professional who worked on securing systems for years, I can tell you this technology is highly insecure. My bank gives me the option of not enabling the feature but many banks are now insisting contactless is the preferred method of use. It’s the future, they chorus in a bid to make us feel inadequate.

OK, if you are affluent and are only buying a sandwich for lunch and end up paying for the tuna and mayo wrap and diet coke the person behind you at the till is having, it doesn’t hurt much but consider what could happen if somebody on a tight budget had their contactless card details skimmed. The equipment needed to ‘skim’ these cards and steal account details is very cheap and easy to obtain.

Here’s a query that was posted on a tech forum earlier this year: When my old debit card expired and a new one was sent, it came with this new feature. I wanted a way to disable it since each time I was scanning my RFID access card in my wallet, the detectors at work were picking up the debit card too. They’d beep twice and sometimes get confused. Not only this, but while my bank promises it’s secure, I’d rather not have a feature I don’t intend to use on the off-chance that it’s not.

Most methods of disabling the contactless feature on a debit or credit card involve physically mutilating the card, which I don’t like the idea of. A less destructive method is to locate where the rfid chip is positioned in your card and put a half inch square of copper tape (available from gardening stores or websites) over it on the back of the card.

In my experience when corporate businesses, the banks or technology companies tell us some innovation is for our benefit, either making life more convenient, or our finances more secure, in reality it is for their benefit. In my omnibus page Cashless Society I have reported many times on moves to eliminate the use of coinage and banknotes in the developed nations. It is claimed the reasoning behind this is to reduce crime and make financial activity more convenient. In fact a big part of the push to dump cash is to enable the electronic tracking of even our smallest purchases, the better to divine our habits and lifestyle choices from collected data.

Nothing is ever what it seems to be and RFID chip implants are no different. Apart from privacy issues and the principle of personal liberty, we must ask, as Marcus Tullius Cicero did two thousand years ago, Cui Bono. Who benefits? I’ll give you a clue, it isn’t people like you or me.

The Full Orwell -UK Government Comes Over All Big Brother


The Full Orwell – everything can be seen (picture source: http://www.theguideliverpool.com/ )

In a stealthy, or to be more accurate, creepy move that bypasses the democratic process the British government, without debate in our elected assembly, without media coverage and without the authority of law, the UK Government has usurped to itself the power to take biometric data from all of us and store it in a central database available to police, national security agencies and, we may assume, anybody who is willing to pay for it.

Independent news sites (alt_news) and bloggers have been warning for several years that that the eventual goal of mass surveillance programs was that government would claim the right, purely in the interests of protecting citizens from various threats, to collect the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it against the best interests of its citizens and residents. DNA, fingerprint, face, iris recognition and even voice data will be included.

They will justify it in the only way they can, by exhuming that old bogeyman, national security. Memes like “The Russians Are Coming,” or the terrorist threat is at red alert level will be used to coerce the fearful into surrendering their inalienable rights to privacy and liberty. These very minor threats still work despite the huge fall in fatalities from terrorism and terror-related incidents since the 1970s. It only take a few well orchestrated false flag incidents to be given saturation coverage by mass media to convince a large enough number of people that the streets of our cities are no longer safe.

Apart from crime-fighting, which these days apparently means organizing witch hunts and burning those who commit heresy against the creed of political correctness by being accused of ‘hate speech’ (as with witchcraft in medieval Europe, to be accused of this most modern of crimes is sufficient to prove guilt,) the Home Office also proposes in its long-awaited report that it will use the centralized database for vetting migrants on the streets and borders of Britain.

Most of that actually sounds quite reasonable until you see statistics on how inaccurate biometric data is, as this infosec institute and this from itpro.co.uk explain. Furthermore, as TruePublica has explained: “There is a dark side to this.  Two years ago we warned that social scoring systems were on the way. We wrote in 2016 and then again in early 2017 as a result of an in-depth report by Civil Society Futures regarding a new wave of surveillance: Citizens are increasingly categorised and profiled according to data assemblages, for example through data scores or by social credit scores, as developed in China. The purpose of such scores is to predict future behaviour and allocate resources and eligibility for services (or punishment) accordingly. In other words, rules will be set for citizens to live by through data and algorithms.”

The government is now building, without debate such a system for all of its agencies to access and input. Once complete the next step will be to ‘manage’ population behaviour through social credit scores.

Current common forms of biometric data collection include – fingerprint templates, iris and retina templates, voiceprint, 2D or 3D facial structure map, hand and/or finger geometry map, vein recognition template, gait analysis map, blood DNA profiles, behavioural biometric profiles and others.

Civil rights groups are already arguing that systems such as face recognition are faulty, of dubious legality, and too easily collected without public consent. The controversy that erupted in 2017 when Facebook’s allowing Cambridge Analytica to collect the personal data of millions of people, most of whom had never were not even aware of the existence of Cambridge Analytica and some of whom who did not even have a Facebook account, should confirm that bulk data collection, used without either public debate or a legal basis is totally unacceptable and an offence against our civil liberties.

However, the  legality of the creation of a centralised biometric database, or its violating at least one of the inalienable human rights defined in the Geneva convention will not stop a government who have been repeatedly caught breaking the law when it comes to privacy and data collection. Police, immigration, and passport agencies already collect DNA, face, and fingerprint data. On the latter, police forces across Britain now have fingerprint scanners on the streets of Britain with officers providing no more than a promise that fingerprint data taken will be erased if the person stopped is innocent of any crime, and no way for civil liberties groups to verify this is so.

The government’s facial regognition database is already estimated to contain details of 12.5 million people and as the government has acknowledged this is probably somewhere near correct you can bet the true figure is far more. The Home Office is already embroiled in all sorts of litigation claiming its privacy and surveillance policy violates human rights and criminal law, caused a scandal last April when an official said it would simply be too expensive to remove data gleaned from the police migshots of innocent people from its facial recognition databases.

Without proper, enforcible regulation that can be fully scrutinised by civil society, there are many opportunities for the misuse of biometric data. Some people will trot out the old claim that “if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear,” but we know that is not true. Others will claim only a totalitarian dictatorship would abuse personal data they hold. That is just plain naive, not only in Britain but throughout the European Union, across the USA (especially in ‘progressive’ states like California, in Canada and Australia the same thing is happpening in parallel with activist groups promoting the idea that crimes against politically correct dogmas are being prioritized over crimes against property or the person.

It means nothing when the governments say their collection of biometric data will be “lawful,” when government sanctioned surveillance has been found by the courts in both Britain and the EU of breaking basic surveillance and data protection laws. And what laws there are, remain deliberately ambiguous on how personal information will be ethically collected, stored, or shared.
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The UK High Court on Monday ruled against a bid by a users group to sue Google for allegedly collecting sensitive data from 4.4 million iPhone users in England and Wales. The High Court judgement stated, “there is no dispute that it is arguable that Google’s alleged role in the collection, collation, and use of data obtained via the Safari Workaround was wrongful, and a breach of duty.”

Justice Mark Warby, presiding, said it had been blocked because claims that people had suffered material damages were not supported by the facts, as well as the impossibility of calculating the number of iPhone users affected. The collection of data was “wrongful and a breach of duty,” he said, but ruled that there was insufficient evidence “damages” had been incurred to allow the law suit to go ahead. The Judge has a point, but we should ask now, why is the UK government through its communications regulator OFCOM not prosecuting Google on behalf of the public, when it is blatantly obvious these data pirates violated about a million proivacy and data protection laws.

The legal challenge was instigated by a group calling itself Google You Owe Us, and was a representative action — a claim brought by an individual on behalf of a group of people. It alleged that Google, a unit of the US tech company Alphabet, had bypassed privacy settings oniPhones (not difficult, Apple are not the technology gods they sell themselves as,) between August 2011 and February 2012 to collect data for sale to advertisers for the purpose of targeting internet users with advertising matter based on their internet browsing habits. It launched legal action last November.

Richard Lloyd, leader of the users’ group Google You Owe Us, called the decision “extremely disappointing” and said there were plans to appeal. “Today’s judgement effectively leaves millions of people without any practical way to seek redress and compensation when their personal data has been misused,” he said.

“The privacy and security of our users is extremely important to us. This claim is without merit, and we’re pleased the Court has dismissed it,” a Google spokesperson said. Well they would, wouldn’t they?

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Google and other internet advertisers suffered a major blow to their progress towards world domination today: The company behind the privacy focused ‘Brave’ bowser has filed a law suit against Google, aiming to make the mining of user data from private computers a lot harder (and more expensive,) if Brave wins its case.

Founder Brandon Eich is hoping to bring the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the doorstep of the Silicon Valley corporations who have built their businesses on stealing and selling internet users’ data. Corporations like Alphabet, the holding company that ‘owns’ Google have routinely flouted national laws and disregarded ethical issues to achieve near molopoly positions in their markets.

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Eich and Brave are striking a blow at the way personal data is currently harvested by various websites and then used to target ads — if the company in question does not simply sell that information off to the highest bidder.

The complaint alleges that these practices “violate the GDPR’s requirement for personal data to be processed in a way that ensures they are properly secured, including against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss.”

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If, like us, you’ve ever suspected that Google is watching your every move even when you’ve explicitly told them not to, an investigation by Associated Press has proved has your suspicions are full justified.

The investigation has found that Google is in fact storing Android and iPhone users’ location data even when they have chosen privacy settings which tell them THE WORLD’S MOST EVIL CORPORATION is blocked from doing so.

Google claims that if the ‘Location History’ setting on your device is set to off, the company will not be able to store information about where you have been. The company states on its support page, that you can turn off Location History “at any time” and that, with the setting turned off, “the places you go are no longer stored.”

Anyone even slightly familiar with Google’s modus operandi and track record for total lack of ethics will know that’s bollocks. The AP report confirms some Google apps continue to store time-stamped location data even when the ‘Location History’ setting is switched off – without asking for permission.

Some of the examples given by AP include the Google Maps app, which takes a snapshot of your location as soon as you open it and even completely unrelated searches like “chocolate chip cookies” which “pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude” and save it to your Google account.

AP looked into the issue after K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley, blogged that her Android device had prompted her to rate a recent shopping trip to Kohl’s even though her location history had been turned off.

Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist, told the AP that Google’s privacy settings should be made clearer. “If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off,” he said. “That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have.”

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Google’s New Privacy Policy: ‘All Your Base Belong Us’.Google has defended its decision to change the way it handles users’ personal data as its new policy comes into force today. The internet search giant will now be able to use information about what people are entering into its search engine to target adverts according to users’ interests under the changes.

Google Evil Empire In New Privacy ViolationOnce again the neo-Nazi nerds at Google are in trouble for playing fast and loose with our privacy. Google have bypassed browser privacy setting to track our movements on the web, the bettrer to target us with ads for poxy shite no sane person would buy. What is it these arseholes find difficult to understand about the idea that in the real world or cyberspace same rules apply …

Don’t Be Evil

 

Can We Control Big Tech Corporations

We learned today that the British government is to fine Facebook £500,000 for its part in the abuse of uers’ private information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal which doinated the news for a couple of weeks earlier in the year. At the same time Google is facing much larger fines imposed by the EU, for the offence of manipulating search results to benefits its own interests. These amounts are unlikely to make any difference as they are paltry to the big tech companies. Google, we hear, are so worried by the fine that they are in business as usual mode.

So how can we bring the big tech companies to heel, break up their monopolies and convince the arrogant, inexperienced CEOs that LAWS apply to everybody.

There was a well thought out article in The Guardian a few days ago that takes a constrictive look at the problem