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As most of you know, I am a smidge resistant to Big (Bhai) Brother, personal information collection and modern tendencies to surveillance and loss of privacy. I am not freaked out. I jut don’t like it. (I do not even like being controlled like cattle by airports and BC Ferries so I am a bit odd). I just don’t see the point of it and I can easily envision the misuse of it. The second book even has a bit about that sort of thing in it. I advise, for instance, using cash instead of credit cards as much as possible. But I won’t bore you with that right now. There are volumes written on that kind of thing. To my mind, there is nothing to be gained and everything to be lost when Big Brother gains greater influence in your life.
And now India has taken it to a whole other level. It’s scary.
We, in Canada/USA, are registered at birth and given a social insurance number. That number does a lot of things for us but it also is a way in which Big Bro tracks you, knows you, taxes you and controls you. The SIN number is a tool for government control. But India couldn’t do it because the people weren’t born with the numbers issued automatically. They were too disorganized, too many people, too much bureaucracy – over 1.1 billion people. They just never got it together.
Not til last year. Then Modi (the PM) changed everything…he eliminated the 500 and 1000 rupee notes (85% of the nation’s commerce is conducted with those bills) and implemented a retinal scan and finger print system so that people could be registered with a bank and get ‘electronic’ currency in exchange for the old bills. Now they are registered. Now they are in the data bank. Now they can borrow.
Now they can be taxed, too. They can be tracked. They can be found. They can be controlled. Within a single generation every single Indian will be scanned, printed and in the oh-so-very-trustworthy Indian system. The Matrix, Indian style.
We, of course, are in denial about that sort of thing. The same system is being implemented here except more subtly. We started with simple SIN numbers and passports. Then driver’s licenses and credit cards. Dental records, DNA, medical records, credit checks, police checks. Lately, we have added IP addresses and cell-phone SIM cards plus more and more surveillance cameras. For the most part, Big Brother can find you anywhere, anytime and for any reason.
“But we have laws limiting their access to our information.”
Yes, we do. Those are the very same laws that the governments violate all the live-long day. So, we have the laws and we have the government in place to enforce them but, of course, the government rarely polices itself. Nor do they catch hackers that access the same information. So, we do NOT really have the laws nor do we have the enforcement. Don’t kid yourself.
“Dave, you are being paranoid. If you got nothing to hide, you got no worries.”
I am not paranoid. Nor do I have anything to hide (thus I can afford this rant on the blog). It’s just that Orwell predicted Big Brother in his novel: 1984. He was a bit early (by say, 30 years) but, by 2014, he was almost 100% right.
“Dave, is this OTG stuff?”
Yeah. I think it is. Living OTG does not get you truly off the radar but it does lower one’s profile. The bastards know I am here and they can come and get me anytime they want to but, as I am hiding nothing, they probably won’t. And, if they choose to do it anyway, it will cost them much less to go collect up others already corralled up nicely in the city first. Jus’ sayin’…..