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 Some of the wristbands were reportedly withdrawn after backlash surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.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.
The bill funds cell phone tracking that monitors individuals’ movements and the activity of people around them. The army of snitches will come from communities as the $100 billion measure funds grants to churches, clinics, medical centers, and schools to perform testing, tracing, or services for those in isolation.
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Massachusetts have agreed to coordinate the reopening of their states. Contact tracing will be part of the plan to reopen. California, Oregon, and Washington also will include contact tracing with the lifting of restrictions.
Apple and Google are teaming up to develop contact tracing apps that track the user’s health records and their contacts. Reports indicate they are planning eventually to build the feature into all updates. Ranking on these apps could be used to allow entry into grocery stores or larger businesses and events.