Chapter 39 “you are being watched and tracked”
As the waves of COVID took their toll in tandem with that was the development of certain “protective technologies”.
The first such technology was an immunity chip that was inserted into your shoulder and hooked up to a database. Anyone with access to the database could determine if you had been vaccinated against specific diseases, had been tested for specific diseases and what the results were. It also listed what specific health issues you had including psychiatric information such as diagnosis of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression or post traumatic stress disorder. The stated purpose of the chip was the protection of fellow citizens but it had an extraordinarily strong corporate flavour to it.
The chip was developed with funding provided by the Mitzy and Bill Kruger Foundation headquartered in Tulsa a city in the United States that was ravaged by a COVID super spreader event that being a campaign rally held in 2020 by the late President Donald J. Trump. Bill Kruger was the former founder of KRUGER Technology and had sold the business and had become a billionaire philanthropist. The Foundation had a goal of eliminating disease through mass compulsory vaccinations and population reduction through free sterilization of both men and women in the developing world. The idea behind the chip was particularly appealing to employers who could use it to ensure non vaccinated individuals “would not expose innocent employees to disease”. It was also misused to weed out those who would not fit into “corporate culture”. Would an employer really wish to hire a potential employee suffering from recurring bouts of depression? In most countries this chip was for all practicality mandatory.
The critics of this chip technology lamented the free flow of personal information to employers and public health officials. It created in effect a new class system of the “Protected” and the “Unprotected” and was used to deny employment to thousands in countries with the technology to operate it. It was so abused that employers sold the data on the chips to marketing companies having clients that could use it to sell their goods and services. It was introduced so quickly there were no specific regulations governing its use and sadly most people supported the idea on public health grounds until they were terminated from their job or refused employment because of the data on them. So there were malcontents abounding upset about the abuse of their rights. Employers were delighted with this new “screening tool” as it also was useful in looking for medical conditions that would enable them to reduce the number of short- and long-term disability claims made by employees. Governments largely agreed with this technology based on the “public health interest” and excluded it from human rights and privacy legislation.
Then thanks to a brilliant Chinese idea of installing apps on phones to notify you if you had been in contact with a COVID infected person the idea was accepted in the West with great assurances this would be anonymous and no personal information would be available. Also unlike China, the great surveillance society, the apps were voluntary. The groundwork was laid for a highly intrusive technology.