Smartphone, QR codes and RFID chips endanger our freedom



Smartphone, QR codes and RFID chips endanger our freedom

08.09.2021 |

Alongside with peace, prosperity, health as well as people with good hearts around us, freedom is a valuable good. We only realize how valuable it is once we have lost it. In this program, we highlight a danger that is threatening our freedom: To what extent could many people’s favorite toy – their smartphone – pose such a danger? China is one of the first countries to use QR codes to check Corona test results. These so-called cube codes can contain manifold information and are read with a smartphone. If things are supposed to go into the direction of a worldwide monitoring, control and even reduction of the population, it is no coincidence that in October 2020 the Austrian government introduced a digital basis for this – the electronic vaccination passport (it is to replace the classical paper vaccination passport) and serve as a central digital vaccination register. The smartphone is thus increasingly becoming a bridge between people and the state. But where is the freedom if everyone has to own a smartphone in order to participate in social life? And aren’t people better off with cash or a printed identity document in the event of a power outage? Maybe even in general? In China, the smartphone is already so essential to everyday life that its loss means exclusion from social life. The fear of losing one’s smartphone is becoming a daily companion. At the same time, the risk increases that the owner’s data will be misused in the event of theft. Research has a solution for this fear of loss and misuse: the chip under the skin (RFID*), as is already common with animal husbandry. This may be tempting for convenience sake, but at what price? Any technical achievement can be used in two ways. In the wrong hands, the range with the RFID-chip would extend from total control to the possibility of purposefully induced death. The kinesiologist Dorothea Amtmann… comments: Every choice we make has its price – and the choice is ALWAYS ours as humans. What we are often not aware of, is this: Are we really willing to pay the price for our choice? Therefore, we should observe developments closely and ask ourselves: Is our convenience really worth the price of for example the restrictions of freedom and tighter controls?

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