What could possibly go wrong if the American government had information on every place we went, everyone we contacted, every sickness, as well as the results of its current spying on our emails, phone calls, web site visits and tweets?
If that prospect isn’t appealing, imagine how bad it would be if China and other nations also had that same access to all your personal information.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told the G20 Summit on Saturday that member countries must sign up for a global Covid-19 tracking system that uses QR codes, just like his dictatorship has for its citizens.
China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes. We hope more countries will join this mechanism, Xi said.
We also support the G20 in carrying out institutionalized cooperation and building global cooperation networks to facilitate the flow of personnel and goods.
What is this global cooperation urged by China’s dictator?
Xi wants QR-based health certificates that feature an electronic barcode to store your travel and health history. That’s mandated in China and Xi says every person in the world should have one. Wherever you went – even around the block – the code would track you, inside or outside your country.
Xi suggests all that information would be stored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Chinese leader called this a safe place. His other option – the United Nations (UN).
The international QR would be like the Chinese national model, which uses a color code based on your possible exposure to COVID-19. Green is safe. Amber is warning, and red is danger.
The program was launched on February 11 in Hangzhou, China.
Citizens provided their personal information – name, national identity number or passport number, and phone number on a sign-up page. Then they reported their travel history, whether they had contact with any confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patient in the past 14 days, and if they had symptoms of fever, fatigue, dry cough, etc. Click the following link for details on how quickly China can arrest its citizens:
After the personal information was verified by the government, each user was assigned a unique QR code for their smartphone (a billion Chinese own one).
Within a week of its launch, the health codes were rolled out in more than 100 Chinese cities. By the end of February the total had grown to 200, and now it is everywhere.
In the plan, users whose phones suddenly sprout a red or yellow code must be quarantined, and the QR codes can track all their movements in both public and private areas. Anyone can be checked if they travel, enter a building, shop or whenever requested by police or other authorities.
Once a confirmed COVID-19 case is diagnosed, officials can quickly backtrack where the patient has been, and the app can identify individuals who were in contact with them. The app downgrades those exposed from green to yellow or red, using various algorithms and the distances involved.
But there can be more to this than telling where you went or showing your code to authorities.
The app can even track when you drive by a COVID-19 hot spot, affecting your code color, and this QR system is not just to track the coronavirus.
A Hangzhou government’s press release reported new health codes will use lifestyle-related data, such as how much a person drinks, smokes and exercises daily.
A user will receive five points for walking 15,000 steps in a day, and gain one point for sleeping 7.5 hours. They would lose 1.5 points for drinking 7oz of baijiu, a popular Chinese liquor, and lose another three points for smoking five cigarettes.
The resulting tally is incorporated into a health score that generates another QR code with a correlating color and ranking. Closer to green indicates higher scores, while those closer to red are lower. Click the following link for details on China’s behavior monitoring:
Other countries, including Australia, Japan and Singapore, have introduced similar COVID-19 tracking apps to monitor movement causing potential exposure to COVID-19.
Xi’s surveillance app plan was presented to the entire G20 on a Zoom call. Current members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (EU).
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