Tag: Mark of the Beast

India’s biometric ID program was supposed to end welfare corruption.

NEW DELHI — It’s been nearly three years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his “Digital India” initiative, pitched as an ambitious program to modernize this country of more than 1 billion people. Since then, the government has abruptly invalidated 86 percent of the cash in circulation, a move toward a “cashless society” that led to widespread panic and […]

Most Americans think Big Brother is spying on them

If you think Big Brother is watching you, you’re not alone.An astonishing 82 percent of Americans believe the United States has become an Orwellian dystopia in which the government spies on our every move, a new poll has found.The report, released Monday by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, also found that nearly three out of […]

The ‘Better Data’ Panacea for Refugees And Migrants

“PROTECTING CHILDREN ON the move starts with better data.” Those are the words of a statement recently released by UNICEF. It goes on to say that “reliable, timely and accessible data are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families and for putting in place policies and programmes to meet […]

More Toronto businesses go cashless

Cash may still be king in many respects, but plastic is working its way to the throne.   A number of businesses are choosing to go cashless — accepting only debit and credit cards — and it’s legal to do so. Flock — a Toronto rotisserie chicken restaurant franchise — went cashless in December in […]

Aadhaar card for children below 5 years of age launched by UIDAI

Unique Identification Authority of India ( UIDAI) today introduced a ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card for children below the age of five years. No biometric details will be required to get this blue-coloured Baal Aadhaar card.   “A child below 5 years of age gets a blue in coloured Aadhaar known as Baal Aadhaar. When the child becomes 5 years […]

Is it time to crack down on facial recognition?

At least half of American adults have their photo in a facial recognition network that authorities can search without a court order or meaningful privacy protections.   But that finding by Georgetown University researchers, who dubbed the networks a “perpetual line-up” in late 2016, generated little legislative activity.   Alvaro Bedoya, a Georgetown law professor […]

Cashless debit card trial to expand in WA

The federal government’s cashless debit card will be expanded to Western Australia’s Goldfields region after legislation cleared the Senate.Existing sites in Ceduna in South Australia and WA’s East Kimberley area will have their trials extended to June 2019 after the Nick Xenophon Team and other crossbenchers supported the bill.Under the scheme, 80 per cent of […]

Privacy experts alarmed as Amazon moves into the health care industry

Amazon.com on Tuesday announced a joint partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan to create an independent health-care company for their employees, putting an end to months of speculation that the technology giant was eyeing a foray into the medical industry. It’s yet another endeavor for the company, which last year spent $13.7 billion to enter the grocery business with […]

‘Police state’ national ID card tucked in major bill

Inserted in a sweeping House bill introduced earlier this month called Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 is the establishment of a new biometric National ID card for all Americans that has privacy activists sounding alarms.Introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., H.R. 4760 encompasses issues such as education, Homeland Security and the military. Buried in […]

India’s digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the program.India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009 to streamline welfare payments and cut wastage […]