The national digital ID will be a version of MyGovID that Australians currently utilize for the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink and Medicare access and will be enlarged to encompass state, territory and private sector organizations opting to participate. Consolidated identification allows for more tracking.
Makers of Parmigiano-Reggiano in Italy are adding microchips to their cheese wheels to combat counterfeiters selling knock-offs. Although the chips are reported to be edible, placed on a food-safe label, and cannot be read remotely, critics are concerned about tracking and safety in the case of ingestion.
The CDC has come up with new medical diagnosis ICD-10 codes to tag patients across the US for how many COVID injections they have received. Code Z71-85 tags parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated as health officials try to re-educate them. The medical history of tagged patients will follow them.
Public transit authorities are installing surveillance systems on buses that will give them the ability to record and store private conversations. Officials say that the systems will help improve the safety of passengers and drivers, but the system may be coupled with facial recognition systems to identify passengers.
The Wristband was issued to returning domestic travelers. The device is connected to a phone, checks body temperature every five minutes and has access to phone location, camera, and microphone. Some of the wristbands were reportedly withdrawn after backlash surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.
When there is an increase in the public administration’s ability to classify, predict and control citizens’ behavior using large amounts of digital data, the balance of power between citizen and state is shifted. Many people already hand over their purchase data to supermarkets in the form of loyalty programs.
Victoria now requires individuals to check in at all retail stores, supermarkets and cafes for the purpose of contact tracing. Individuals who refuse to check in may be denied food. Businesses may be fined up to $1,278 USD for not following QR code rules and a further $7,671 if there are repeated breaches.