Digital ID; A Trojan Horse. Do NOT comply

Do you want your Government to know everything about you?  As a data scientist who spent 14-years working for the government, I do NOT want my government knowing everything about my two kids. Many things are private! 

However, in 2023 we are seeing a willful and blissful march towards digital ID. Politicians are saying it’s needed to control social media… Especially my beloved Republicans… Wait… Hard Stop!

This makes me pause and consider the unintentional consequences that may result once every personal detail on electrons is known  to computer systems run by an artificial intelligence.  We humans don’t fully comprehend  the ramifications. Let’s take a look back at history to 1935 and extrapolate what could happen. 

The implementation of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) in the United States marked a transformative moment in the nation’s history. Enacted in 1935 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Social Security Act, SSNs were initially introduced to administer social welfare benefits. However, the concept of using unique identification numbers soon extended beyond their intended purpose, becoming ubiquitous identifiers across various sectors.

The introduction of SSNs faced initial criticisms during its inception. Some voiced concerns about potential governmental overreach and the intrusion of federal control into personal matters traditionally handled at the state level. There were also objections regarding taxation methods to fund Social Security programs, leading to debates on constitutional authority and the imposition of payroll taxes. They all lost.

Throughout history, SSNs have been subject to various forms of abuse, sparking concerns about privacy, security, and identity theft. The value of SSNs as unique identifiers made them prime targets for identity thieves, leading to instances of fraudulent activities, unauthorized employment, medical identity theft, and breaches of personal data.

As society transitions into a digital era, discussions about digital identification systems emerge. Speculation about the future of identification systems, including digital IDs, raises questions about their potential benefits and challenges. While digital IDs might offer convenience and efficiency in access to services, concerns about privacy, security, and the potential for abuse or exploitation of personal information surface.

The history of SSNs serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the need for comprehensive measures to balance the benefits of digital identification systems with the protection of personal information and the preservation of individual rights and freedoms in an evolving digital landscape. There is value in anonymity.  Do NOT comply.

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2 thoughts on “Digital ID; A Trojan Horse. Do NOT comply”

  1. As noted on another article, those who say “if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear” should put their money where their mouths are by posting their home addresses, Social Security and bank account numbers for all the world to see.

    Put up or shut up… I’m also gonna note that if any of these clowns had ever had a stalker or someone in their life wit one, they’d understand.

    Shove your Chicom forced-doxxing up your fartlocker, No-Chance Nikki!

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