Don't give Dan any ideas!Meh, Scomo has already beaten him to it. Relax, I'm being facetious.
This issue reminds me a bit of the abandoned Australia Card proposal:
Australia Card - Wikipedia
Ultimately defeated by a range of factors including privacy concerns, by comparison we now (mostly) abide by regulations that show governments who we are and where we are via QR scans without a second thought.
Is it fair to conclude that a correlation exists between an increasing majority of people willing to divulge their names and location details to government, vs. what seems to be a louder and more polarised conspiracy theory cohort that won't? Do the non-believers/conspiracy theorists/anti-vaxxers act more radically than ever because of the increasing willingness of the vast majority to comply?
I was a supporter of the Aussie Card. However it failed because of people concerned about loss of privacy, so the govt has the defacto Aussie card spread across multiple platforms, ATO's TFN, Medicare and the state issued drivers licenses or if you don't have a driving license you can get Proof of ID which contains the same data. Handy for the Millennials who don't drive to get in bars.
Yah, the nut jobs won, NOT!
So having left the bubble wrap society first moved in India, they have the PAN Card, basically form of ID in a country of 1.3 B people who don't trust each other and for good reason, but used for Govt services and tax purposes.
Then UAE, we have the Emirates ID card (for all nationalities), it contains no less than
- Passport information
- Sponsor if expat
- All 10 finger prints
- Eye scan
Needs replacing at my cost with new Visa every 3 years for us, however most expats it 2 years. Even my kids have one.
Standard ID used to get anything in the country or need to prove your age or who you are.
Do I or most expats I know feel violated? Nope, just bloody easy and replaces the various defacto BS options we have in Australia.
With each generation, we open up more on Social media by choice or not.
In London there is a direct correlation with reducing rates of crime and the number of security camera's. So the question is to those who oppose. Would you agree with increase loss of privacy including the use of street security camera's in return for your daughters, wife's mothers, sisters and even your own safety walking the streets?
Things like the Australia Card just formalise what we know the govt already has access too. We know they can track you using your phone and accessing the various security systems, your cars number plate using speed camera's and E-toll. Probably easier to at least bring it out into the open rather than pretend it doesn't exist.
I think the obvious one that's come to light during CV is how much monitoring the police do of our sewer systems looking for CV-19 traces (cough "drug labs"). I know the later is true as I know a guy who works for the police doing this supplying the equipment and has done for years.