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New App Requires Reporting of People Sneezing or Coughing – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on April 2, 2020

Precrime police alerts, guilty until proven innocent.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/04/joseph-mercola/new-app-requires-reporting-of-people-sneezing-or-coughing/

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Mercola.com

The new Google app “Corona Waze” asks users to “tag” individuals who sneeze, cough, are sweating or have a runny nose. You can also tag people who do not use soap or wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, or for other social distancing violations. People can also be tagged for not wearing gloves or masks, or hoarding toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

Facial recognition systems deployed through nationwide security cameras will be used to identify offenders who are not carrying cell phones while Google’s Fitbit will automatically report unfavorable biometrics to alert emergency services. Google’s Android phone camera will utilize thermographic temperature fluctuations while taking selfies or pictures of others to alert medical marshals of potential fevers.

Surveillance companies like Google have become essential tools to properly enforce pandemic protocols. An accelerated nationwide 5G rollout has been mandated to support biometric feedback sensors to instantly alert the medical establishment of potential threats to others.

Medical Surveillance Is Key for Controlling Outbreaks.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has partnered with the federal government’s health department and launched an online portal for COVID-19 testing that will be under the auspices of Verily, its health care and life sciences arm.1

To apply for a test, you have to fill out a symptoms checklist and provide your travel history, health status and information about contact with individuals known to be infected. You must also provide a valid Google account2 — which requests a cellphone number as part of its account creation process — so your health data can be merged and you can be properly tracked through your cell phone.

For now, only those with high risk scores will be allowed to get tested.As reported by The Seattle Times:4

“The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak …

The early, unprecedented collaboration between Washington and Silicon Valley reflects the urgent, nationwide scramble to stop a deadly malady that has shuttered businesses, skewered the stock market, sent students home from school and now threatens to overwhelm the U.S. medical system with patients in need of critical care.”

According to The Seattle Times,5 “dozens of engineers, executives and epidemiologists” are also urging Apple and Google to use their data-gathering expertise to “help doctors determine people who were in contact with a patient that later tested positive for coronavirus.”…

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Witze über die STASI – Die STASI

 

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Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

Posted by M. C. on November 11, 2019

Amazon..and Microsoft Corp. are also aggressively pushing into healthcare, though they haven’t yet struck deals of this scope.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-s-secret-project-nightingale-gathers-personal-health-data-on-millions-of-americans-11573496790

By Rob Copeland

Google is teaming with one of the country’s largest health-care systems on a secret project to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents.

The initiative, code-named “Project Nightingale,” appears to be the largest in a series of efforts by Silicon Valley giants to gain access to personal health data and establish a toehold in the massive health-care industry. Amazon.com Inc., AMZN -0.72% Apple Inc. AAPL +0.83% and Microsoft Corp. are also aggressively pushing into healthcare, though they haven’t yet struck deals of this scope.

Google launched the effort last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, the country’s second-largest health system.

The data involved in Project Nightingale pertains to lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.

Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents.

Some Ascension employees have raised questions about the way the data is being collected and shared, according to documents, but privacy experts said it appeared to be permissible under federal law. That law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, generally allows hospitals to share data with business partners without telling patients, as long as the information is used “only to help the covered entity carry out its health-care functions.”

Google in this case is using the data, in part, to design new software, underpinned by advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, that zeros in on individual patients to suggest changes to their care. Staffers across Alphabet Inc., GOOG -0.99% Google’s parent, have access to the patient information, documents show, including some employees of Google Brain, a research science division credited with some of the company’s biggest breakthroughs.

A Google spokeswoman said the project is fully compliant with federal health law and includes robust protections for patient data. An Ascension spokesman had no immediate comment..

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This Is How You Can See What Google Knows About You Already

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Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

Posted by M. C. on September 20, 2018

Of course they do. They have no intention of stopping the practice.

Do you still gmail?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-says-it-continues-to-allow-apps-to-scan-data-from-gmail-accounts-1537459989

By

John D. McKinnon and
Douglas MacMillan

WASHINGTON—Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions raised on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of the information contained in users’ emails.

In a letter to senators, a top Google official said the company allows app developers to scan Gmail accounts, even though Google itself stopped the practice for the purpose of ad targeting last year. The company also disclosed that app developers generally are free to share the data with others, as long as Google determines that their privacy policies adequately disclose potential uses.

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Schmidt Chairs Defense Innovation Board | The Daily Caller

Posted by M. C. on December 27, 2017

Google/Facebook/CIA. Is there a difference?

http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/24/why-is-alphabet-ceo-eric-schmidt-technically-serving-in-the-department-of-defense/

 Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet, was appointed chairman of a Department of Defense program in 2016 that was established by former President Barack Obama’s administration.

A staunch supporter of the Democratic Party and critic of President Donald Trump, Schmidt still continues to lead the Defense Innovation Board (DIB), even well after the new administration took over in January. This begs the question: should Schmidt’s history of partisan advocacy and condemnation of Trump be a worrisome prospect for the current White House?…

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