The UK government has signed off on a deal for COVID passports with a tech firm that previously suggested the technology could be easily redeployed as a national ID system, promoting accusations of a further stealth crackdown on freedoms.
An iNews report notes that IT company Entrust (how disturbingly Orwellian) has been awarded the £250,000 contract to provide cloud computing software for the so called ‘Covid-status certification’ scheme.
The company has previously worked on developing national ID systems in Albania, Ghana, and Malaysia, and in a February blog post, the company’s Product Marketing Director, Jenn Markey, bragged that “Vaccine credentials can become part of the infrastructure of the new normal.”
The post also proclaimed “With the infrastructure and investment necessary to ensure a viable vaccine passport, why not redeploy this effort into a national citizen ID program that can be used for multiple purposes including the secure delivery of government services, secure cross-border travel, and documentation of vaccination.”
In addition, Entrust’s Senior Product Manager, John Beijjani, previously spoke about how vaccine passports could be used by governments in the post-COVID world “to collect valuable data” from citizens.
Beijjani said during the webinar “You’ll understand why it’s not just for travel, you can take it and repurpose it to do such things as national IDs and permits.”
“Deploying something like a mobile travel credential also enables governments to collect valuable data,” he continued, adding “It can provide governments a quick and standard mechanism for securing their citizens. It also doesn’t hurt that this information can be used to identify criminals and other bad actors as they move around the same system trying to hide anonymously in the crowds.”
The fact that the government has chosen this firm to develop COVID passports when it has expressed such brazen advocacy of a surveillance state has enraged liberty advocates.
Jake Hurfurt of Big Brother Watch asserted that “Covid certificates would introduce ID cards in the UK by the backdoor”, further emphasising “The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust, a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what a serious threat Covid passes would be to our civil liberties and our privacy.”
The report also notes that Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, former director of civil liberties group Liberty, said “This isn’t a mere question of competence but far more sinister. This is studied chaos. We need to be explicitly reassured that the Government has not already decided in favour of some kind of national ID system.”
David Davis, member of the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) of Conservative Members of Parliament declared “The health department is able to go around signing these contracts without explicit Parliamentary permission. But it is doubly extraordinary that they sign one with a company with this sinister attitude to surveillance of citizens.”
The development dovetails with comments by a government source who told the Daily Mail last night that the government is planning to use the COVID passport system in a much wider context than has been previously revealed.
“The reason we are trialling Covid certification this summer is partly to get mass events open more safely with bigger crowds, but also partly to get people used to the idea,” the source said.
“We hope that with high vaccination rates we will be in a very different position this winter. But if we do find ourselves in a dire situation then certification could be a tool in our armoury to keeps things open that might otherwise have to close,” the source further admitted.
The comments have prompted fears that the threat of fresh lockdowns in the winter will be used to force the COVID passport system on to the public for use not only at mass gatherings but in pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.
That is exactly what the government is ‘reviewing’ currently while trialling the system at sports events.
The government has claimed that the current NHS app, which has had a COVID certification status feature added recently and is being used for limited foreign travel, will not be turned into a national ID system.
However, as we reported last month, the privacy notice attached to the vaccine status feature of app says that the data will be used at ‘domestic events’.
As we have extensively covered, plans to adapt a simple vaccine status app and use it domestically have always been in the works.
We are also told that the majority of British people are willing to accept the vaccine passports in order to engage in basic day to day activities, and that they are willing to go along with the digital ID card system PERMANENTLY.
Scientists advising the government have admitted (some regrettably) that a sustained campaign of ‘dystopian’ and ‘totalitarian’ fear tactics and ‘mind control’ has corralled the majority of the population into acceptance.
As we also previously reported, airlines plan to refrain from calling the imminent vaccine passports by that name because “It carries too many connotations,” according to one aviation CEO.
The EU is also already ensconced on the vaccine passport road, with a bloc wide ‘Digital Green Certificate’ system already being rolled out.
Many other countries are also adopting the vaccine passport system, with scores of them, including America, trialling the technology in lockstep with big tech, mega-corporations and other globalist entities.