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Global Vaccine Passports Have Arrived Courtesy of Google, EU

On June 30th, 2021, the Google Developers blog announced the launch of vaccine passports in Android through its Passes API.

Less than 24 hours later, the European Union, long mired in a sea of national standards for digital jab records, rolled out its EU-wide vaccine passport.

Two completely different vaccine passport schemes unveiled on the same day, encompassing the whole of the Western world? What are the odds!

Exceedingly low, of course. This level of coordination belies yet another blitz in the ongoing rollout of a global, technofeudal control grid. The EU has arguably been at the forefront of this rollout – its standardized digital jab certificate is little more than an aggregator for the draconian technology now operating at the Nation-State level.

Adoption of this unified standard is already approaching 100% of EU Member States. Doublethink rhetoric of restoring the Schengen Area’s “freedom of movement” abounds, even as additional barriers to travel are erected.

In this sense, Google and the US are playing catch-up. While de facto vaccine passports have been implemented sparingly in places like New York, California, and Hawaii, an ever-expanding number of States have banned the notion outright.

Yet 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.

And though many States in the US have passed legislation or executive action to curb the implementation of vaccine passports, Google could care less.

Google Passes: Vaccine passports for all, regulation be damned

Like the contact tracing API before it, political resistance alone is proving ineffective against the technological implements of the Great Reset. Even the staunchest State level opponents to this agenda have done nothing to halt the hyperactive Bluetooth surveillance grid running on Android and iOS devices – on the contrary, many have used taxpayer money to help finance its data harvesting operations.

Similar political action against digital vaccine passports will not halt Google’s rollout via the Passes API, either.

In fact, Google’s selection of the Passes API to implement vaccine records is telling in its own right, given the information it already stores: Boarding passes for airlines. Travel tickets. Event tickets.

While legislative action in States like Florida may allow you to attend a Miami Dolphins game with your biological privacy in tact, the same may not be said for travel. The battle over Federalization of airline travel was lost on November 19th, 2001 with the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, whose influence has been expanding ever since – the latest privacy affront being the REAL ID Act, which mandates highly insecure RFID technology for interstate air travel.

Even more dangerous are biometric companies with government contracts, like CLEAR, whose terminals are already widely used at TSA PreCheck terminals and event centers.

Google Passes and other digitized jab certificates are simply a competing product. One that is already in the pocket of 85% of Americans alone, with similar adoption levels in Europe.

Products marketed for “convenience” like TSA PreCheck biometrics will, over time, become mandatory – the REAL ID Act itself is a perfect example of this Fabian creep. Passed all the way back in 2005, its full implementation has been pushed back multiple times due to individual State holdouts, most recently until 2023.

But these delays are immaterial – the framework’s existence is all that matters, as despite not being enforced, privacy-violating RFID technologies are now the norm for US driver’s licenses. Jab certificates like Google Passes will be no different. Once in place, they will be utilized – if not immediately, then in the future.

Not only can the Passes API integrate with third-party pharmaceutical companies to track jab history, it is also capable of storing results from dubious PCR tests. This level of biodigital convergence sets an unsettling precedent, as Silicon Valley’s expectation is that your medical history will now be in your pocket at all times, integrated with their servers, and subject to whatever authority may ask for it.

Passes is not an isolated product, either – it’s a development suite within the broader Google Pay SDK.

There are technical reasons why Google may have chosen to use the Pay SDK as opposed to a health-focused API like Google Fit – QR code generation, limited use passes, and encrypted keyrings are already present in the Passes API. However, despite Google Pay’s scant consumer use at present, the long-term intent is crystal clear: Access to financial services and medical records will be intertwined.

In Closing

The post-2020 era has pushed humanity to the precipice of a longstanding dream of our would-be comptrollers. Whether it is Newt Gingrich’s Age of Transitions or the late Zbignew Brzezinski’s Between Two Ages, the kind of biodigital convergence represented by digitized medical passports has been at the forefront of the Technocratic agenda for decades.

As Silicon Valley attempts to bridge the “last mile” of mandated biometric surveillance, resistance to these aims on an individual level remain multivariate – ditch your smartphone, or at least utilize a privacy-respecting alternative that is incompatible with Google or iOS services. Starve the business of travel and entertainment industries that would see us become serfs in exchange for bread and circuses.

If you’re in the EU, use paper records instead of digital equivalents, or better yet, refuse to comply at all.

Educate well-meaning policymakers to the threats represented by the pseudo-private sector and impress upon them that the dangers of State surveillance are rapidly being outpaced by Terms and Conditions mandated by smartphone companies.

Neofeudal Technocracy is desperately trying to extract humanity’s consent to these draconian efforts before the next phase of the so-called Great Reset.

Don’t let them.

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PROOF: You Cannot Disable Contact Tracing

As we have covered in previous posts, there is no simple way to disable contact tracing on your smartphone.

If you’re using an iPhone or an unmodified Android device, the Exposure Notifications toggle in your settings is simply for show – a Potemkin village of privacy. There’s no way to audit the code and verify that your phone is no longer a hyperactive Bluetooth location tracker when you switch your contact tracing slider from ON to OFF.

However, this privacy threat was theoretical… until now.

News broke this weekend on Hacker News that, at least in the State of Massachusetts, Google can outright ignore your contact tracing preferences.

But it gets worse.

They can also install State-sponsored tracking applications without your knowledge or consent.

The application in question, MassNotify, does not have a visible icon on your smartphone. It cannot even be found by direct search in the Google Play store. For all intents and purposes, it is a ghost in the machine.

Yet if you live in the State of Massachusetts and have an Android phone, MassNotify has likely been installed on your smartphone completely unbeknownst to you.

As one user from Hacker News reports:

I turned off auto-updates in the Play store (Settings -> Network preferences -> Auto update apps -> Don’t auto update apps) and went to sleep.

This morning I woke up with a cheerful notification that Google can help with COVID notifications and gov.ma.covid19.exposurenotifications.v3 installed — the app was pushed overnight over explicit instructions NOT to update (sure, one can say auto-install != auto-update, but it is worrying that forced pushes can happen even with every single relevant UI switch turned off).

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This user goes on to detail the ADB logs confirming malicious intent – if you’re the technical type, we’d recommend you take a look.

The fact that Google can ignore user input barring auto-updates should be unsettling enough, as it means you have no autonomy over the software running on your device. Yet Hacker News user madars goes one step further, confirming that they had disabled Exposure Notifications as well:

Yes, I confirmed last night that Settings -> Google -> COVID-19 Exposure Notifications was off.

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To make matters even worse, they also confirm there is no record of MassNotify having been installed to the average smartphone user – and that it’s possible two separate binaries of MassNotify were shipped depending on the user’s contact tracing settings:

Aside, I read somewhere but have not confirmed this myself that manually enabling that setting leads to a flow for installing the gov.ma.covid19.exposurenotifications app, whereas the forced update is gov.ma.covid19.exposurenotifications.v3 — note the extra v3.

By the way, MassNotify app is not visible from Play Store search (both on mobile and on desktop — https://play.google.com/store/search?q=MassNotify) and does not create an icon — you can only find it in Play Store via its internal name (e.g. a link like https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.ma.covid19…), and would have to specifically look in system dialog for all apps to see if it is installed.

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Not only are Google and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health covering their tracks when installing this unsolicited spyware, they’re tracking whether or not you are the type of person who would disobey contact tracing edicts in the first place!

Google is not simply ignoring user consent in their ongoing mass surveillance dragnet. They are actively enabling governments in creating a “biosecurity surveillance” apparatus – whether you want to participate or not.

Previously, Apple and Google required the installation of third-party software like MassNotify to integrate with the contact tracing API, but as of October 2020, both companies offer this “service” in-house.

When the Davos and World Economic Forum crowd stress the need for public-private partnerships, this is what they mean: A panopticon that fuses the data collection efforts of pseudo-private entities like Google with the enforcement arm of the State.

So how do you really disable contact tracing?

The simplest solution to disable contact tracing is arguably the hardest for most people:

Get rid of your smartphone.

No, that does not mean go out and buy a flip or “dumb” phone in lieu of your fancy new iOS or Android device – even dumbphones are notoriously smart in the era of the Great Reset.

It means get rid of your cell phone altogether.

Are you capable of that? Many people aren’t – either due to employment circumstances, lifestyle, or lack of rural Internet access. Even simply leaving phones at home is increasingly difficult in a fully networked society.

There is, however, a secondary solution:

Use a phone that respects your privacy.

Unbeknownst to many, there are alternate operating systems for many smartphones that contain no contact tracing code – and optionally – no connection to Big Tech services whatsoever. The smartphone in your pocket right now may be capable of attaining this privacy with a bit of elbow grease.

And if you’re not the technical type, there are even outfits that offer preconfigured privacy smartphones.

They’re not a “silver bullet” by any means, but go a long way in protecting you from the threats described above.

Furthermore, simple solutions like faraday bags can sever all wireless communications with ease – just in case the panopticon decides to use cell carriers themselves for contact tracing in lieu of Big Tech APIs (which, if you live in the UK, is already happening).

It’s easy to become disheartened or fatalistic in this emerging Technocratic era where digital autonomy and privacy are viewed as little more than a pipe-dream. Yet for the time being, there are still avenues of escape for those willing to venture off the beaten path laid for us by Silicon Valley predators.

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