Firms in the United States and the United Kingdom are currently developing state-of-the-art Big Brother technology that will allow private employers to track the movement of their workers under the guise of stopping coronavirus from spreading in the workplace.
Some firms are working on cell phone apps that would trace every single movement that a worker makes on the job. These apps could theoretically stop the spread of coronavirus by figuring out exactly who an infected person interacted with, and it could allow surfaces that the infected individual was around to be properly sterilized.
While the technology could have many practical uses, it also opens the door to Orwellian surveillance, particularly if private employers are forced to monitor their workers with these apps in order to remain in business.
Attorney Jena Valdetero, who works for the legal firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in London, believes that these apps are “open to abuse” unless the government is willing to institute strong protections for privacy rights.
“It’s about transparency, accountability, data security and data minimization – not collecting more than you need,” she said.
One of the corporations vying to create the app, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has admitted that the technology could not work effectively without widespread compliance. After it is developed, it will only be a matter of time before power-hungry bureaucrats are calling for the app to be mandatory for public health purposes in the age of the pandemic.
“You really need a majority of people to do this,” said Rob Mesirow, leader of PwC’s connected solutions practice. “US Businesses are going to have to [tell employees]: If you’re going to come back to the work environment, you need this app on your phone.”
A tech start-up operating out of Pennsylvania has an even more invasive solution than what PwC is cooking up. Microshare is working on a system they call Universal Contact Tracing, which would use key rings, badges, or wristbands to track an individual’s movements through Bluetooth technology.
Microshare wants to collect data on every individual with their devices and store it in a “secure database that is searchable and auditable for historic patterns.” They hope that their technology can be used in places like prisons, schools and hospitals where cell phones are either banned or difficult to carry, so that no worker is safe from Big Brother patrolling their every move.
In addition, Apple and Google are teaming up to share the contact tracing data from millions of people between their operating systems through Bluetooth. All the barriers previously in place that were protecting electronic data and privacy rights are being removed due to the coronavirus pandemic and mass hysteria it has caused.
Civil liberties advocates have been crying foul at these developments throughout the crisis, as heavy-handed government official use the panic to usurp freedoms at breakneck speed.
“My concern is that out of desperation we will turn to technology and put in place a massive surveillance apparatus at a tangible loss to civil liberties that doesn’t even accomplish the goals it sets out to in terms of saving human lives and healing the economy,” said Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor with a special focus on cybersecurity matters.
“We need to be responsive to this crisis now, but we also need to be thinking about how this data will be used in the future. Once this data is collected the only thing that really constrains how it’s used are laws and policies,” said Jennifer Granick, the surveillance and cybersecurity counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
The Brave New World is here, and the notion of privacy is being lost amidst the frenzied rush toward authoritarianism. Globalists like Bill Gates could not have designed a better crisis than the coronavirus pandemic to further their aims.
Department of Justice Sues Facebook for Discrimination Against Americans in Favor of H1B Visa Workers
Facebook discriminated against Americans.
The Department of Justice filed a new lawsuit against Big Tech monopoly Facebook for engaging in pervasive and systemic discrimination against American workers, refusing to consider them for company positions and instead shepherding cheaper and more compliant foreign visa workers into more than 2,500 of the company’s high-paying jobs.
The Department of Justice alleges that Facebook created a category of employment offerings in which none or one American worker applied more than 99% of the time, and were almost never hired. Facebook didn’t advertise job opening it restricted to the “PERM” process on its careers website, instead exclusively recruiting visa workers.
“According to the lawsuit, and based on the department’s nearly two-year investigation, Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that Facebook instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders Facebook wanted to sponsor for green cards.”
The H-1B visa program is favorite of Big Tech, creating a class of employees who function as de facto indentured servants. H-1B workers are reliant on their employers for eventual American green cards, and leaving their jobs jeopardizes their immigration status. Some technology companies have been subject to large settlements for exploiting their bonded H-1B worker force.
“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division.
“This lawsuit follows a nearly two-year investigation into Facebook’s practices and a ‘reasonable cause’ determination by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable. Our message to all employers — including those in the technology sector — is clear: you cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over U.S. workers.”
The Department of Justice will seek civil penalties from Facebook on behalf of American workers discriminated against in the employment process, describing Facebook’s “discrimination against U.S. workers [as] intentional, widespread, and in violation” of immigration law.
Facebook has lobbied heavily in favor of raising annual visa workers levels, most recently boosting Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to remove per-country caps on H-1B visas. This will result in nearly all H-1B visas being given to nationals of a few large countries, such as India. Senator Lee succeeded in passing the migrant labor giveaway to Big Tech through the Senate on Wednesday.
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