The American business magazine Forbes on April 10th, 2020 published an article with the following headline
Coronavirus Phone Tracking: Apple And Google Just Took Over—Here’s What That Means For You
The article proceeds to outline Apple and Google’s involvement in setting up and monitoring of a global network system that will monitor everyone through a simple phone app in order to “prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”
The article states:
“Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort,” Apple and Google have assured, “and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders—through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.”
The Times of London published the following:
NHS phone app holds key to lifting UK’s coronavirus lockdown
Mobiles will trace every contact of infected people
The article published Sunday 12th April, 2020 states:
Ministers have ordered the creation of an NHS mobile phone app the government hopes will help end the coronavirus lockdown.
The app would allow mobile phones to trace users who have come into contact with infected people, alerting them to get tested.
This would make it possible to start lifting the most stringent social-distancing measures from late next month, ministers hope.
Senior sources say NHSX, the health service’s technology arm, has been working on the app with Google and Apple at “breakneck speed”.
The desire to have life return to normal after weeks of lock-down is in everyone. Who wouldn’t want to be able to go out as before, back to school, go to the cinema, the theatre, pubs and clubs, to sit and have a drink and a meal in a cafe or restaurant? And to have an app on our phones that would permit this, who wouldn’t want this?
The British Government sought to bring in a biometric ID card similar to the ones that residents in other countries have to carry. This proved to be very unpopular because it meant that private and personal information would be stored on a computer data base somewhere. So much controversy was stirred amongst the British people who were naturally suspicious as to how such information could be held securely without being hacked into and used. It also smacked of Nazi Germany in people’s minds.
The government quickly saw how that the introduction of this scheme would be unworkable and the plan was abandoned (although some politicians are still looking for a way to resurrect this plan).
The Mobile (or Cellular) phone has now become an essential part of human life. With one, hand held, device we can communicate, take photos and film video, send and receive emails, do our banking, plan journeys and even locate ourselves, navigate via satellite, watch movies, listen to music even pay our bills. Our lives are lived on our phones.
Our phones have the potential to be used in order to operate a system of mass surveillance of a kind unparalleled in human history. We have become used to being placed under scrutiny on our city streets and roads that are consonantly being viewed by literally scores of CCTV cameras.
In some societies, such as Communist China, these cameras come equipped with facial recognition software that can quickly identify an individual enabling the Communists Government to keep every individual under continued surveillance and, in turn, controlled.
Many may see the idea of allowing their movements to be tracked by Government Agencies on our phones as a good thing, especially if it can help stem the tide of Covid19.
But then what?
What about after the covid19 crisis has passed? Of course we may have to face the spectre of further pandemics in the future. So it may be seen as being a wise thing to maintain this app operational, especially as we begin to travel abroad once more on holiday (vacation).
Thus we may find our precious liberty completely removed as we become controlled by the State to be rewarded or punished for our noncompliance.
For an example of this we only need to look at Communist China’s “Social Credit” System:
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sleeping around and debauchery, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:11-14)