2021: The Year of Corporate/Government COVID Passports & Digital ID’s (Read ‘Em & Weep)

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Corporations are deeply embedded with governments everywhere in their never-ending quest for profit & global surveillance.

By MassPrivateI
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2021: The Year Of Corporate/Government COVID Passports And Digital ID’s

Winston’s Comment – Yuh’ Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. Any Wonder this Digital QR “Mark” with the Number of Your Name was Prophesied Over 2,000 Years Ago??

Revelation 13:16-17 (King James Version)16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

2021 was a year that saw corporations and government officials worldwide work together to force the public to accept digital COVID health passports and ID’s. From January-February, talk about COVID passports was relatively quiet, but March-May had an unprecedented effort to adopt COVID health passports and digital ID’s the likes of which the world has never seen.
Organizations like the WHO, who started out opposing COVID passports figure prominently in the push to get people to accept COVID passports. Big Tech companies like Microsoft and Apple stand to make millions from COVID health passports, while biometric companies like Clear, NEC and IDEMIA stand to make millions off of digital ID’s.
It is my hope people will see what I have witnessed this year. Corporations are deeply embedded with governments everywhere in their never-ending quest for profit and global surveillance.

 

January

Vaccine Passports Are Big Tech’s Latest Dystopian Nightmare:

Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce Developing Rockefeller-Funded COVID Passports:

SITA Aero: 
Six Technology Trends Set To Transform Air Travel in 2021 (Digital ID’s/Facial Recognition)

IDEMIA Unveils Next Generation (Facial Recognition) Mobile ID’s in Oklahoma:

Biometrics companies rush to launch Covid ‘passports’
World Health Access VAX Passbook:

Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?
“The UK companies are not the only ones working on a solution. A coalition of American organizations, including Microsoft, Oracle and the Mayo Clinic, have launched the Vaccination Credential Initiative.”
The Vaccination Credential Initiative:
“Coalition partners include CARIN Alliance, Cerner, Change Healthcare, The Commons Project Foundation, Epic, Evernorth, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, MITRE, Oracle, Safe Health, Salesforce.”

You Can Now Get a COVID ‘Passport’ for $19.95

U.S. ‘actively looking’ at mandating COVID-19 testing for domestic air travel:

Airlines push back on potential Covid testing for domestic flights:

IDEMIA, National Security Solutions and StereoVision Imagine work together to use facial recognition and LiDar to ID people:
February
Vaccine passports: path back to normality or problem in the making?

Vision-Box and Airside Mobile work together to accelerate the adoption of COVID health passports:

Tech5 provides biometric proof (facial recognition) of a holder’s vaccination status:

United Airlines To Only Allow “Ready To Fly” Passengers Who Have Been Screened By TrustAssure To Board Planes:
Beginning with U.S.-entry flights, and in partnership with TrustAssure, customers will be able to directly upload and verify their documents at check-in through a new functionality available via Delta channels such as pre-flight emails and Delta.com – making it for customers whose destination requires a negative COVID-19 test.  A ‘Ready to Fly’ screen on mobile devices will indicate the customer has provided a verified COVID test.
“TrustAssure”

United Airlines CEO: Mandatory Vaccines “Will Become What Most Companies Do”

American Airlines Expands Its Acceptance Of VeriFLY App (Facial Recognition/COVID Testing) To All Airports:
“Starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, customers traveling from all of American’s domestic airports to eight countries will have the option to use the free VeriFLY app to upload required travel documents such as negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test results, and show those credentials in order to travel on American.”

Vision-Box Sees COVID As An Excuse To Increase Facial Recognition At Airports:

COVID Was Excuse For CBP To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports:

Hawaii Airports To Use Clear’s Health Pass (Facial Recognition) To Scan Visitors:

Driver’s licenses are too often used as a tool of oppression:
March

Merkel: EU Leaders ‘Have All Agreed That We Need Vaccine Passports’

CBS Declares You’ll Need A COVID ‘Vaccination Passport’ To Travel By Summer 2021:
With vaccinations increasing, CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg says trips, both domestic and international, could increase by the summer. There will be one big difference though – you’re likely going to need proof that you’ve been vaccinated.

Covid vaccine passports are being considered. And health experts and rights groups are deeply concerned:

Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms:

NEC, Microsoft Executives To Lead The Security Industry Association’s Biometrics Advisory Board:

EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays:

Digital Vaccine Passports Being Rolled Out Everywhere to Prove You’ve “Got Your Shots”

State of New York is testing a ‘COVID passport’

Documents Show Agreements Between CBP and JetBlue for “SITA” Facial Recognition Boarding:
“The purpose of this MOU for the Parties is to collaborate on JetBlue’s proposed pilot program to utilize facial biometrics to verify the identity of travelers prior to their departure on JetBlue international flights from Boston Logan Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport in the United States.”
SITA’s airline passenger system hit by a data breach:

Human API and CLEAR work together to ID people who have been vaccinated:
“Today, Human API, announced their partnership with CLEAR and their Health Pass platform. As the availability of COVID-19 testing products continues to grow and while COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed across the nation, organizations and businesses are increasingly looking for ways to securely verify consumer identities along with their COVID test results and vaccination status from accredited medical institutions.”

IBM And Moderna Work Together To Capitalize on COVID Health Pass:
“IBM is partnering with Covid-19 mRNA vaccine maker Moderna to track vaccine administration in real-time through its various blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and hybrid cloud services. According to a company press release, the collaboration will focus on exploring the utility of IBM capabilities in the U.S., such as a recently unveiled pilot program for a Covid-19 Digital Health Pass in the State of New York, which effectively deputizes private businesses to enforce government-imposed Covid-19 regulations.”

China introduces world’s first ‘virus passport’ program:

UN economist claims biometric vaccine passports should be adopted by developing countries:
“The US, EU, UK and Israel, among others, have announced plans to study the feasibility of vaccine passports that could be carried on a smartphone, while the International Air Transport Association, the World Economic Forum and IBM have versions that are ready to roll out.”

Hyatt Hotels Corporation to use VeriFLY COVID facial recognition and thermal imaging:
“Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced plans to explore VeriFLY + Stay, a mobile health passport for the hospitality industry using the VeriFLY app that provides verification of COVID-19 credentials and travel guidelines.”

IATA “Vaccine” Travel Pass Successfully Trialed On First International Flight:

EU ‘vaccine passports’ will only be valid with EMA-approved COVID jabs

EU Commission proposes a Digital Green “Vaccination” Certificate:

Europe’s rush for a COVID-19 ‘digital pass’ stirs privacy concerns:

Why You Should Question Vaccine Passports:

Vaccine Passports and Medical Martial Law:

Vaccine passports pose ethical thicket for Biden administration:

Walmart And Sam’s Club To Give People CLEAR Digital Vaccination Cards:

Why you don’t want to post a selfie with your vaccine card:

American Airlines uses 
VeriFLY facial recognition boarding at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:

EU: One step closer to the establishment of the ‘permission-to-travel’ scheme

MEPs, EU leaders put pedal to the metal to ready vaccine certificates for summer:

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens:

Get Ready to Show Your Vaccine Passport Everywhere:

Nippon Airways to trial IATA “vaccine” travel pass
April
WHO says it does not back ‘vaccine passports’ for now:

WHO Rejects ‘Vaccine Passports’ But Encourages Governments To Require Them In The Future:
“The emergency committee advised governments “do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry, given the limited (although growing) evidence about the performance of vaccines in reducing transmission and the persistent inequity in the global vaccine distribution. States Parties are strongly encouraged to acknowledge the potential for requirements of proof of vaccination to deepen inequities and promote differential freedom of movement.”

ACLU warns ‘a lot can go wrong’ with digital ‘vaccine passports’:
“Unless a vaccine credential system is completely decentralized and user-centric, it creates the potential for amassing new personal data. If some big company is getting notified any time someone reads one of your credentials, that would let them track your movements and interests — the stores, concerts, and transportation venues you visit, and much more. In the absence of airtight legal protections for privacy, any such information could then be sold for commercial purposes or shared with law enforcement.”

The ‘Vaccine Passport’ Propaganda Template:

How national ID systems (vaccine passports) make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations:

IATA says COVID vaccine travel pass app to launch on Apple mid-April:
IATA Travel Pass Initiative:

The Global Privacy Assembly Executive Committee 
statement on the use of health data for domestic or international travel:

UK Prime Minister: The world will “definitely” use ‘vaccination passports’

Hawaii Unveils ‘Vaccine Passports’ For Inter-Island Travel:

Unisys and Inspire Health Alliance Unveil New U-Pass ‘Vaccine Passport’:

‘Vaccine passports’ are latest flash point in COVID politics:
“We have constitutional rights and health privacy laws for a reason,” said Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, a Republican. “They should not cease to exist in a time of crisis. These passports may start with COVID-19, but where will they end?”

Florida governor vows to ban ‘vaccine passports’ over privacy concerns:
“It’s completely unacceptable,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said of what he called “vaccination passports,” a card or some other method of proving an individual has been inoculated against the virus. “You want to go to a movie theater, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game, [or] a theme park? No. So we’re not supportive of that.”
“You want the fox to guard the hen house? I mean give me a break. I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do,” DeSantis said.

Naomi Wolf Warns ‘Vaccine Passports’ Are the ‘End of Human Liberty in the West’

CNN ‘Medical Expert’ & CDC Suggest Americans’ “Freedoms” Be Restricted Until They Are Vaccinated:

IDEMIA and Cybernetica work together to create facial recognition/digital ID for smartphones:

Utah DMV launches GET Group North America Mobile Driver’s License Pilot:

Airlines Won’t Call Digital ID A ‘Vaccine Passport’ Because “It Carries Too Many Connotations”

EU- New ad-hoc working group starts secretly working on ‘vaccine passports’
“This type of certificate raises serious issues concerning fundamental rights and civil liberties – for example regarding freedom of movement or access to venues or public spaces, non-discrimination and privacy and data protection.” Asked whether the ad-hoc working group would be keeping minutes of its meetings, the Council’s press office told Statewatch: “There won’t be minutes as such. With the rapidly advancing legislative texts, we have chosen to reflect the positions expressed by Member States in compromise proposals that are presented by the Presidency at the next meeting and that Member States often send their comments in writing to others of the Member States.”

U.K., EU Face Privacy Criticism for Covid-19 Passport Plans:

The European Court for Human Rights: Mandatory vaccines are ‘necessary in democratic society’
Compulsory vaccines can be seen as “necessary in a democratic society,” the Strasbourg-based court said in its ruling, which came on a 16-1 vote.

The European Data Protection Board: ‘Vaccine passports’ must be proportionate, legal

The Futility of ‘Vaccine Passports’
It splits society into the jabbed and the jabless, creating the perception that the vaccine is de facto compulsory and that those who refuse one will face social exclusion. “If you have vaccine inequalities by ethnicity, by race, and also by social deprivation, and you add vaccine passports for basic social activities onto that, you begin to get vaccine apartheid,” Stephen Reicher, a member of a group of behavioral scientists.

IDEMIA wants Europe to adopt a facial recognition airport entry-exit system:

INTERPOL Uses IDEMIA’s Facial Recognition And Fingerprint Scanning To ID People:

IDEMIA’s New (COVID) Health Travel Pass Uses Facial Recognition:
IDEMIA’s Facial Recognition Health Travel Pass Allegedly Reduces Public Health Risks:

US ‘vaccine passports’ advance despite growing controversy:

Biden White House in talks with airlines on ‘vaccine passports’; will issue guidance

Why we’re not getting a national ‘vaccine passport’
As Washington Post writer Geoffrey Fowler notes in his review of New York’s Excelsior vaccine passport, it is easy to steal someone else’s credential simply using publicly available information, including tweets.

Arizona governor bans ‘vaccination passports’

Texas Governor Bans ‘Vaccine Passports’

The ‘No Vaccine Passports Act’ Has Officially Been Introduced in Congress:

US COVID contract details are a “trade secret”—according to the contractors:
“The records we got back had significant redactions—including the company’s costs, the identities of those who worked on the project, and even Deloitte’s explanation for why it was qualified to do the job.”

US government is purchasing (CLEAR) smart data to spy on its citizens:
“The information collated by the government, unbeknown to most citizens, is transferred into a database called CLEAR. This digital repository holds in excess of 400 million names, addresses and service records drawn from 80 utility companies providing services like water, gas and electricity, and phone, Internet and cable TV.”

COVID Became Excuse To Run Statewide Surveillance Programs:

All 30 NBA Teams To Use CLEAR Facial Recognition “Health Pass” To ID Fans:
“Health Pass is a free, mobile experience by CLEAR that securely connects a user’s verified identity to multiple layers of COVID-19-related health information – like test results – to help reduce public health risk and aid in the safe return of fans to NBA venues in the United States. CLEAR’s Health Pass allows fans to securely access and verify their health information prior to entering an arena.”
“The partnership makes Clear’s COVID-19 health screening technology available to all 30 teams in their NBA arenas.”

Europe risks another tech tangle with ‘vaccine passports’

The Council of Europe guideline on ‘vaccine passports’ and human rights:

EU- Airlines could use new EU COVID pass this summer:

‘Vaccine Passports’ Could Unlock World Travel and Cries of Discrimination:

7 Reasons Why a ‘Vaccine Passport’ Should Give Us Pause for Thought:

Orange County’s ‘Vaccine Passports’ Would Allow Private Businesses To Ban People:
But, OC Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau told supervisors, private businesses can require people to show proof of vaccinations or negative tests. “Can the government do that? The answer now is no. Can the private side do that? The answer is yes,” he said. “We don’t make decisions on whether a business will use proof or not.”

Digital Rights Bodies Warn Against Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Vaccination Drive:

Millions of Americans could be grounded from flying because of REAL ID deadline:

DHS wants to put REAL-ID drivers licenses on smartphones:
“The DHS notice purporting to invite the public to submit comments on a secret document, not available to the public, that might be incorporated into DHS regulations, exemplifies everything that is wrong with both secret law and the outsourcing of “lawmaking” to entities such as AAMVA that are nominally private and not subject  to Federal or state freedom of information, public records, or open meetings laws.”
Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes; Mobile Driver’s Licenses:
May

E.U. To Let Vaccinated U.S. Tourists (Vaccine Passports) Visit This Summer:

‘No happy ending’ as EU countries and MEPs clash over coronavirus certificates (vaccine passports)

28 advocacy and civil liberties groups 
oppose EU digital green certificate (vaccine passport)

EU digital green certificate (vaccine passport) has many privacy concerns and no sunset clause:

Document Proves Plans For Digital Green Certificate (Vaccine Passport) In the Works Since at Least 2019:
document listed on the European Union’s website shows a 2019-2022 RoadMap on “Strengthening Cooperation Against Vaccine Preventable Diseases” which makes it clear that Europe’s highest legislative body had planned for years to develop some type of vaccine passport. The EU’s website details how the Road Map has been in development since December 2017.

TECH5 Becomes a General Partner and a Contributor to the Good Health Pass Collaborative (Vaccine Passport) and Advocacy Advisory Committee of ID2020:
“From its inception, TECH5 worked with government organizations in providing its facial recognition and expertise for National ID projects in a variety of countries across Africa, Middle East and Asia.

‘Big battle’ looms over the EU’s coronavirus travel certificates (vaccine passports)

EU- Member states approve EU COVID travel certificate (vaccine passports)

Most U.S. companies will require proof of Covid vaccination from employees:

DHS secretary: ‘We’re taking a very close look at’ vaccine passports:

DHS Backpedals After Mayorkas Says ‘We’re Taking a Very Close Look’ at Vaccine Passports:

DHS extends REAL-ID airport enforcement “deadline” again:
Today’s DHS press release is more like a ransom note than a legal notice: “If you get an ID we deem acceptable, we might not harass you as much when you fly, and we might allow you to exercise your right to travel. But compliance with the REAL-ID Act was, and still is, optional for both states and individuals.”

Pro-Border Biometric Surveillance Company, Encourages Sports Stadiums To Use CLEAR Facial Recognition:

Over 60 Sports Stadiums And Other Venues Are Using CLEAR Facial Recognition ‘Vaccine Passport’:
“As a business based on replacing physical IDs, tickets and credit cards with facial or fingerprint recognition, Clear has a huge opportunity in emerging health-check rules that would familiarize more people with its technology. Clear users upload a driver’s license or other identity document and take a selfie, which the system checks to make sure they match before connecting to COVID-19 test results from hundreds of labs or the proof of vaccination.”

Facial Recognition ‘Vaccine Passports’ Are Coming To Sports Venues:
“Besides MLB stadiums, Clear also partnered with NBA teams to help get fans back to the game by verifying health insights for a safer and touchless entry at select venues for the 2020 – 2021 season, the company said.”

The University Of Alabama To Use “Transact” Biometric Digital ID’s To Track Students:
16 Universities Are Using “Transact” Biometric Digital ID’s To Track Students:

Digital driver’s licenses gaining momentum amid pandemic:
“At least 17 states have considered or implemented digital driver’s licenses: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.”

ACLU: “Digital IDs Could Be a Nightmare”
Identifying people is… an exercise in power. By making it more convenient to show ID and thus easier to ask for it, mDLs [digital “mobile drivers licenses”} will inevitably make demands for ID more frequent in American life. They may also lead to the routine use of automated or “robot” ID checks carried out not by humans but by machines. Depending on how a digital ID is designed, it could also allow centralized tracking of all ID checks, and raise other privacy issues. We might even see demands for driver’s license checks become widespread online. This would enormously expand the tracking information such ID checks could create and, in the worst case, make it nearly impossible to engage in online activities that aren’t tied to our verified, real-world identities….

New Thomson Reuters Marketplace Selects iComplyKYC as a Digital Identity and KYC Partner
“Easily ID Customers And Create Watchlists”

Italian Data Protection Authority: 
Major Critical Issues for ‘Vaccination Passports’
“Excessive data are included in the pass, which must be produced in case of controls – in breach of the data minimization principle. In order to ensure the pass produced was valid, it would have been enough for the pass to only show its expiry date without using different pass types depending on whether one had got the disease or had been vaccinated. Moreover, the system as currently proposed might be affected – especially in the initial, transitional period – by inaccurate or obsolete data, which might in turn severely affect individuals’ freedom of movement.”

‘Vaccine Passports’ open the door to a new set of data privacy concerns:

‘Vaccine Passports’ Are Just a Way for the Regime to Expand Its Power:

Why COVID-19 Vaccine “Passports” Threaten Human Rights:

IBM’s “Vaccine Passports” Have Arrived in New York
“IBM has history of collecting personal data.”

ImmunaBand Bracelet Is A Wearable ‘Vaccine Passport’

Utah Restaurant Requires Vaccination Card And ID:

Utah could soon have IDEMIA digital driver’s licenses:
“At least five states have implemented a mobile driver’s license program. Three others — Utah, Iowa and Florida — intend to launch programs by next year, with more expected to follow suit.”

Wyoming becomes latest state to ban ‘vaccine passports’:

Acuant and Airside work together to create a facial recognition digital ID vaccine passport:
“The Airside Digital Identity App provides the accurate verification of passports and driver’s licenses powered by Acuant, which can be used and re-used for a variety of services, including the linking of verified IDs to COVID tests and vaccination records.”

“Verifly” To Accept Facial Recognition ‘Vaccine Passports’ Globally:

A Singapore-EU digital agreement could help align standards for ‘vaccine passports’

Moroccan Government To Require All Travelers To Have Digital ‘Vaccine Passports’
June
 
The ICAO Encourages Countries To Share Advanced Passenger Information And Vaccine Passport Information:
(The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a “United Nations Specialized Agency”)

ID2020 Unveils Draft Blueprint for Digital Health Pass: The Good Health Pass Collaborative

The EU is set to unveil plans for a bloc-wide digital wallet for IDs, payments and passwords:
The EU has introduced a new ‘digital’ ID. Here’s what it means for you:
If approved, the plan would allow people to use a facial recognition app to prove their identity online, whether that’s to verify their age or to check their driver’s license.

The FIDO Alliance’s “Focus on Europe” summit is all about facial recognition and digital ID’s

Seven EU Countries Roll Out Digital COVID Certificates (Vaccine Passports)

Will the Excelsior Pass, New York’s Vaccine Passport, Catch On?
“More than 1 million Excelsior passes have been downloaded since they were introduced.”

56% of Americans don’t trust vaccine passports to protect their personal data:

GAO releases report on digital vaccine ID’s:

Vaccine Passports: Are Business Rights More Important Than Personal Freedom?

Gov. Scott introduces bill banning ‘vaccine passports’ for domestic flights
Freedom To Fly Act:

California’s rising tide of COVID vaccination records raise privacy concerns:

Three Geisinger Locations In Philadelphia Use “CERTIFY Health” Facial Recognition To ID Patients:
Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Announce Affiliation Agreement:

New Jersey Senate Bill Would Allow Digital Drivers Licenses:
“Pending passage by both houses of the legislature and approval by Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey could join 11 other states that either offer mobile driver’s licenses or are planning pilot projects to test it.”
July
 
UN Human Rights Committee: Storing biometric data on identity cards violates privacy

WHO Is Working on ‘Digital Wallet’ to Store Vaccination Certifications:

IDnow focusing on convincing European countries to use digital facial recognition ID’s
Global Vaccine Passports Have Arrived Courtesy of Google, EU:
“Two completely different vaccine passport schemes unveiled on the same day, encompassing the whole of the Western world? What are the odds! herein lies the insidiousness of the public-private partnership model: Technocrats can use governments where it suits them, corporations where it does not, and an increasingly bizarre fusion of the two where necessary. Even the propaganda rollout surrounding jab passports is bifurcated by this model, with the EU using official government bulletins while Google syndicates the news via trendy tech blogs.”

Vaccine Passports: Why The U.S. Needs A federal Privacy Law

Vaccine Passport: The Government Can’t Share Your Data, But Airlines Can
“American Airlines’ privacy policy’s language is unclear enough that I cannot be sure that they won’t share my health information to their email marketing provider,” John Morris, an expert in cybersecurity and privacy law with the Brookings Institution said. “United appears to have simply included ‘health information’ in its broader privacy policy, but then provided no extra protections for such potentially sensitive information,” he said.

Guide to what’s happening with vaccine passports in the US:

COVID vaccination cards to appear on Android in US:

House Bill Would Require Government to Drastically Modernize Digital ID Verification:
Improving Digital Identity Act of 2021;

New York Lawmaker Eyes Digital Driver’s Licenses:

IDEMIA Wants States To Adopt Its “Mobile ID” Facial Recognition:
August
 
WHO Guidance on Documenting and Tracking COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates:

Airside’s Digital Identity (Facial Recognition) Vaccine Passport App:

The World Bank Wants Most of Africa to Create National Digital Identity Programs:

DHS: Securing Identity in Modernizing the Future of Air Travel (Facial Recognition/Digital ID’s)

DHS’s Flawed Plan for Mobile Driver’s Licenses:
EPIC Urges DHS to Slow Implementation of Mobile Driver’s License Systems, Prioritize Privacy Protections:

Apple Patent to Share Digital ID’s on iPhones/iPads with Law Enforcement:
“A possible transaction could run a little like this: A cop pulls a driver over, and their device asks the driver’s device to open a channel. The driver’s device says OK after verifying the cop’s credential, and a secure channel is created. Some or all of the driver’s license data is transmitted and the cop’s device authenticates it. The channel is closed, presumably by mutual agreement, and the transaction is over.”

Mobile Driver’s Licenses Pave the Way for Unified Digital IDs:

Facial Recognition Border Checks: Where Does Your Data Go?
“The technology is not ready for prime time, and CBP has proven itself incapable of protecting sensitive data like facial images,” Greg Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology said.

Clearview AI’s Advisory Board Full of Police, Military and Government Faces:

Clearview AI Offered Free Facial Recognition Trials To Police All Around The World:


OpenTable to Use CLEAR Facial Recognition To ID Vaccinated Customers:

“To help diners easily provide proof of vaccination at restaurants requiring it to dine indoors, OpenTable and secure identity company CLEAR are partnering to offer diners a simple way to show proof of vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card.”
September
 
WHO’s Digital documentation of COVID-19 certificates: vaccination status

Secure Identity Alliance: Are You Who You Claim to Be?’ Digital ID’s Facial Recognition Report

Global digital ID association Kantara report on how countries can convince the public to use digital ID’s:

Don’t Import Vaccine Mandates for Domestic Travel:
“We’re on our way to having to ask for permission to go about our daily lives.”

Los Angeles County to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine Passports:

Vaccine Passport Missteps We Should Not Repeat:

Harvard Epidemiologist Says the Case for COVID Vaccine Passports Was Just Demolished:

TSA has problems processing Nevada’s new digital drivers licenses:

A San Francisco vaccine mandate hides a photo ID mandate:
“Regardless of whether you’ve been vaccinated or whether you think other people should be vaccinated, the ID mandate hidden in this order, like similar ID mandates lurking in other vaccination regulations and directives, is a step backward for civil liberties. It is vulnerable to, and deserving of, Constitutional challenge.”
October
EU is spending more than a billion dollars on a maxi-system of biometric data:
In April 2020 Eu-Lisa has awarded a contract to 302.55 million of Euros to develop the biometrics of the entry and exit system ( Entry Exit System , Ees), ie, the automatic identity control program of extra persons EU crossing EU borders, and the future Shared biometric matching system (Sbms). In other words, “ one of the largest biometric systems in the world ”, as it was triumphantly described in the note with which Idemia and Sopra Steria , French giants of digital infrastructure for identity and security, announced that they had won the contract.

ISO publishes standard for facial recognition digital drivers licenses:

Busting Big ID’s Myths (Digital ID’s):

The digital surveillance crisis and threats to human rights defenders:
Digital Vaccine Passports Pave Way For Surveillance Capitalism:

Proposed bill would require COVID vaccine, negative test for domestic air travel ahead of holidays:
The U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act:

United Airlines lets passengers use Apple’s Health app  to verify vaccinations:

Columbus Crew Soccer Team uses “
Evolv Express” Facial Recognition to ID Fans:

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network says data protection authorities are assessing the privacy implications of COVID apps:

Digital Car Keys Are Coming Soon to Android:
November
 
WHO director-general shuns vaccine passports, admits shots do not prevent COVID:

Military-intelligence outfit Mitre at center of US digital vaccine passport push:
“Known as MITRE, the organization is a non-profit corporation led almost entirely by military-intelligence professionals and sustained by sizable contracts with the Department of Defense, FBI, and national security sector. Based in Northern Virginia, MITRE is a military-intelligence think tank funded to the tune of $2 billion a year by US agencies including the US Department of Defense. It is led almost entirely by former Pentagon officials and ex-intelligence operatives.”
How digital vaccine passports pave way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism:

The EU, the Externalization of Migration Control, and Digital ID Systems:
“Opening up migration databases to use by national law enforcement authorities is highly concerning because it will allow law enforcement officers across Europe to conduct biometric checks of people they think might not have secure immigration status. This will ultimately reinforce the overpolicing of groups such as racial minorities. If data like photographs are collected in the enrollment or data collection of an ID scheme, even if it is not immediately used for purposes like facial recognition, the existence of the dataset means that it can be used for such in the future.”

Microsoft Uses CLEAR’s Facial Recognition To ID Azure Active Directory (Digital ID) Users:

Apple 
Making Taxpayers Pay for Rollout of Digital ID Cards:
“The agreement, obtained through public record requests from CNBC and other sources, mostly portrays Apple as having a high degree of control over the government agencies responsible for issuing identification cards.”

Apple delays release of digital ID cards to 2022:
You Could Carry And Present Your Driver’s License In Your iPhone Early Next Year:

SITA Offers Free Digital Travel Declaration Solution (Vaccine Passports) To Government’s Worldwide:

“Aadhaar” The World’s largest biometric digital ID program Tracks Medications, Vaccines, Purchases of 1.3 Billion People in India:

World Economic Forum white paper claims digital ID’s can accelerate national economies:

Mindtree’s Digital Health Passport for Travel (Facial Recognition):

MEPs protest against mandatory Digital Certificates:

National Digital ID’s Pose Serious Civil Rights Concerns:
“People can be excluded from accessing some public services as the result of not having an ID. The prevalence of this unique identifier across multiple government or private sector databases, implies the risk of providing a 360 degree view of an individual. Since 9/11, governments have sought to justify the imposition of ID systems, the indiscriminate tracing and tracking of individuals within countries and across borders in the name of national security. On top of storing and dealing with people’s personal information such as name and date of birth, several foundational ID systems systems across the world increasingly rely on biometric data”

America’s Largest Teachers’ Unions Push Vaccine Mandates That Will Usher in Technocratic Digital ID:

Mississippi to launch mobile ID program with digital driver’s licenses and vaccine cards:

Utah State Liquor Store Locations to Begin Accepting GET Group North America Digital ID’s:

Podcast: What Police Get When They Get Your Phone (Digital ID)
The Widespread Power of U.S. Law Enforcement to Search Mobile Phones:
What Police Get When They Get Your Phone:
December
 
The Shadowy CIA Data Firms Behind the Creation of Digital Vaccine Passport IDs:
“Along with the MITRE Corporation, one of the groups listed in the governance section on the website is the Commons Project Foundation, which is the main backer of the VCI and also hosts the VCI website. Listed on the leadership board of the Commons Project Foundation is the President of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Head of Performance at BlackRock, the senior managing director at the Blackstone Group, and Julie Gerberding, the former director of the CDC. Gerberding once wrote an op-ed in Time Magazine calling for an International Pandemic Surveillance Network.”

Vaccine Passports: 2021 in Review (EFF)

EU Sets 9-Month Expiration Date For Digital Vaccine Passports:

UK NIH: Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues

IDEMIA’s “ID2Travel” Delivers End-To-End Frictionless Facial Recognition Travel Experience in North America:

CLEAR using holiday pop-ups in malls and retail stores to convince people to accept facial recognition:
The company (CLEAR) has temporarily installed the biometrics machines this month inside a Showfields Inc. interactive mall and at a Rimowa Distribution Inc. luggage store in New York City as well as a Rimowa in San Francisco.

NEC Corporation to introduce facial recognition vaccination check system:
Facial recognition company Amadeus is thrilled to partner with Microsoft Azure to ID more airline passengers:

House Passes Bill To Fund Federal Vaccination Database:
[T]he government would provide $400 million in taxpayer dollars to fund “immunization system data modernization and expansion,” a system otherwise defined as “a confidential, population-based, computerized database that records immunization doses administered by any health care provider to persons within the geographic area covered by that database.” In a statement, the bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Ann Kuster, said the system would be used to “remind patients when they are due for a recommended vaccine” and identify areas with low vaccination rates to “ensure equitable distribution of vaccines.”

Hackensack Meridian Health to use CLEAR Facial Recognition to Confirm Patients Vaccine Status:
“Patients vaccinated at Hackensack Meridian Health can now use the free CLEAR app and digital vaccine card feature – replacing their fragile paper card with a verified digital version that can be used anywhere and anytime needed.”

Rhode Island to introduce vaccine passport:

MA governor mulling vaccine passports for residents:
Governor insists vaccine verification system is not a pathway to mandates:
Governor Charlie Baker explained that the mandate is only in place for people who “want to go to a wedding or to a church, or to a restaurant where proof of vaccination is required,” he said.

DC could soon have facial recognition digital driver’s licenses:

Iowa’s facial recognition digital drivers license begins in January:
To enable the mobile identification, a smartphone user will open the app, then scan the front and back of his or her physical driver’s license and take a “selfie” photograph that Iowa DOT officials can match with the data and image on file before authorizing the new digital ID for enrollment.
Digital Surveillance — the Real Motive Behind Push to Vaccinate Kids:

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