by mr. Jeroen Pols This article has been reproduced in full from Common Sense no. 37 of March 23, 2020
Soon you will be the owner of a European digital identity with your most important information hidden in a QR code. It is no longer a secret for many people that the European Commission is using the corona crisis to push through digital identity at lightning speed. A surveillance state will control every facet of European citizens’ lives. Tens of billions are pouring into the execution of a monstrous plan that will change our lives forever.
Your digital identity initially contains an ID, driver’s license, medical records, vaccine proof and, for example, the citizen service number. In the future, this will soon be expanded with so-called ‘attributes’ of numerous private and government parties with payment transactions, credit data, tax returns, university registration, car rental, travel data, internet behaviour, shopping, social media use, money, CO 2 ‘budget’ and other conceivable facets of personal life. Both governments and private parties have access to it. The consequences for our daily lives and privacy are hard to imagine.
The European Commission has made an enormous budget available to realize this plan. Member States have agreed to invest 20% of the funds available by the European Commission for European reconstruction after the corona crisis between 2021 and 2026 in this digital transition. The fund contains €672.5 billion.
The digital identity is used as a means of identification and verification. The legal text provides a basis for processing and linking the collected behavioral data. Although technically possible, the Commission did not opt for a privacy-protecting system. The regulation gives governments the possibility to obtain information about, for example, all registrations with social media platforms, age verifications for the online and offline purchase of, for example, alcohol and tobacco, and services for which the user is only eligible under certain conditions. This gives the government the opportunity to block purchases and access to services for certain people.
In July 2021, with the launch of the digital euro project, preparations were made for the introduction of a digital currency. The current expectation is that this can be realized in 2023. This makes the digital wallet part of the digital identity. This gives the government unprecedented opportunities to influence the lives of all citizens. It is conceivable, for example, that unwanted criticism of the government could lead to a blockage.
CO 2 budget
Due to the link to the green agenda, it is expected that the digital identity will closely monitor the so-called CO 2 footprint. It is not inconceivable that when purchasing a steak or booking a trip in the future, for example, a red cross may appear on the screen with the message that your allocated annual personal CO 2 budget has been exceeded.
In parallel with the introduction of the digital identity, the Commission is negotiating with the WHO on behalf of the Member States a new pandemic treaty and an amendment to the International Health Regulations. This gives the organization the central leadership in the fight against future pandemics. The WHO thus determines not only which measures must be taken, but also the vaccines that are required for travel.
The digital identity will be ready for use from September 2022, and the Commission expects that more than 80% of EU citizens will be using it by 2030. During the introduction, the emphasis is on user comfort, privacy and voluntariness. It is to be feared that, as with the 3G scheme, refusers, some are increasingly excluded from participation in social life and later even from essential products and services. People must become aware of the consequences, because this agenda can only be stopped with broad-based resistance.
European Council authorizes Commission to negotiate with WHO
On 3 March 2022, the European Council authorized the European Commission to negotiate with the WHO on behalf of Member States an international treaty on prevention, preparedness and response to pandemics. The decision also paves the way for amendments to the International Health Regulations (IGR).
With the new treaty and the amended IHR, member states aim to empower the WHO to play a leading and coordinating role in determining necessary measures, diagnostics and vaccines during the pandemics of the future, which they themselves label.
A follow-up meeting was held on 24 February 2022 to determine the working method and timetable. The progress of the design will be discussed around 1 August 2022. It will then submit a progress report to the 76th World Health Assembly in 2023. By 2024, the convention and the amended IHR should enter into force.