EDITOR NOTE: April 1 is the date. It’s the beginning of a very dangerous global “reset” that will permeate far and wide across multiple localities. It will not announce itself. Instead, it will spread quietly, like a cancer, from the most inconspicuous of places...like your local WalMart. To preface, let’s connect the dots. The Covid pandemic gave many large corporations the opportunity to intrusively close-in on customers. Years ago, this trend began as companies gathered and monitored product preference data on websites and social media. It evolved to a level where companies can virtually “spy” on customer behaviors on an individual scale. Now, amid the pandemic, WalMart has taken the step not only to provide vaccine shots, but digital vaccine verifications--think of it like a “digital passport”--to mark those who have been vaccinated. And on April 1, WalMart will have the FDIC’s green light to begin lending operations, virtually operating as a bank minus regulatory (and perhaps fiduciary) responsibilities. Think of it: data gathering + behavior monitoring + identity marking + financial surveillance = increased control over individual Americans. Call it corporatism or Big Brother. You’re being watched, marked, and made reliant on their services. What can this lead to, especially if other large corporations follow suit? Well, what can they do with your data? How else can they “mark” you? When are they watching and what are they looking for? How much do you depend on their products, and do you owe them anything? Does it matter to you that your spending, browsing, and behavioral habits are being monitored, recorded, and analyzed? And who is on the other side of that digital panopticon? It’s time to take your privacy back. Think local. Support your local small businesses when you can. Don’t give out any more data than is necessary. Avoid taking loans out with any institution not subject to fiduciary regulation (banks aren’t great, but they’re regulated). And to keep the bulk of your wealth private and safe, convert a reasonable portion of it to non-CUSIP gold and silver, storing your metals in a private depository away from big banks, away from the government’s overreach, and away from large corporations that ultimately aim to define who you are.
People who get Covid-19 shots at thousands of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores may soon be able to verify their vaccination status at airports, schools and other locations using a health passport app on their smartphones.
The retail giant said on Wednesday that it had signed on to an international effort to provide standardized digital vaccination credentials to people. The company joins a push already backed by major health centers and tech companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems, the Mitre Corporation and the Mayo Clinic.
“Walmart is the first huge-scale administrator of vaccines that is committing to giving people a secure, verifiable record of their vaccinations,” said Paul Meyer, the chief executive of the Commons Project Foundation, a nonprofit in Geneva that has developed health passport apps. “We think many others will follow.”
The company said people who get Covid shots at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will be able to use free health passport apps to verify their vaccination records and then generate smartphone codes that could allow them to board a plane or enter a sports area.
The apps include Health Pass developed by Clear, a security company that uses biometric technology to confirm people’s identities at airports, and CommonPass, developed by the Commons Project.
Originally posted on NY Times