Biometric information is perhaps the most coveted commodity in modern society. Biometrics are “currency”, just like gold, silver and oil. Biometric information is unique to each individual. This information includes specific measurements between two or more points on the body or face, as well as, the size of a heart, lung, or any other organ. Biometrics also include involuntary bodily movements like respiration and a heart beat; measurable chemical composition within the bloodstream and exhaled gasses, and electrical information generated within the brain and body. Movement and chemical diagnostics consist of specific information measured from the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Electrical information can be collected from the skin, or remotely via electromagnetic waves.
Biometric collection occurs through the devices we all use and rely upon. The modern conveniences we enjoy provide the sensors needed to actively track, catalogue, and assess each and every citizen within society. Televisions, mobile phones, laptops, smart watches, sports headphones, home assistants and even lighting contain electronic components that are capable of “sensing” biological information in addition to the conveniences they provide. Light, radar, sound, as well as electric, magnetic, capacitive, and inductive fields are all used for sensing and collecting information. This enables “real-time” monitoring of the environment surrounding a “smart” device… including YOU!
Biometric information is collected, stored and packaged for a variety of reasons. Money, control, and predictive capabilities are just a few of the available levers of power when given access to an individual’s, up to an entire societal, digital dossier. This can manifest through expanded analysis of specific family interactions between spouses, partners, children, or siblings, to things such as online social networks, community interactions , co-worker interactions, school behavior, etc. Profiles and dossiers are created and added to from infancy to death in today’s interconnected world.
Physical profiles include changes in breathing, heart rate, and emotional state. These unique profiles are collected, catalogued, and analysed. “Smart technology” provides Big Tech the ability to collect this information with ease in modern society. This information is used to establish things like targeted advertising, demographic analysis, as well as assessing the “risk” an individual poses to their family, place of employment, community, and their Government.
How will this invasive data collection steer and engineer society? Will our freedom be simply an illusion? Are “Pre-Crime”, “Thought Police”, and “Social Credit Score” terms We, The People, wish to embrace? Is privacy worth sacrificing for a safer society. “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”― Benjamin Franklin
Biometric Information is “Sensitive Personal Information” that is currently being collected with, and without, consent. Furthermore, this information is being considered for enforcing things like gun ownership. This technology is not exclusive to one company. This information is collected, stored and shared in the “Cloud”. There is an entire economy constructed which traffics YOUR BIOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL, AND EMOTIONAL INFORMATION.
Patents: Biometric Monitoring & Collection
…“Sensors could be one or more of an accelerometer, a blood oxygen sensor, a galvanometer, an electroencephalogram, an electromyograph, and any other physiological sensor.”
In Home Assistants / Automatic Device Connectivity
Radar / Wireless Communication Antennas
Lights / Camera
Earbuds / Headphones / Headsets
…”Mobile computing device may also include or have access to passive sensors to determine if a situation is occurring, such as person lying down to sleep, for example. Passive sensors can include an accelerometer that measures movement of mobile computing device and thus indirectly movement of person, a touch sensor of a display screen capable of measuring person’s skin temperature, capacitance, and/or conductivity, barometric sensors, light sensors, microphones, and radar sensors capable of passively sensing person’s skin temperature, skeletal movement, and heart rate, to name but a few. While these measurements may not be sufficiently accurate or precise (e.g., repeatable) to measure small temperature differentials, they can be used to determine situations during which testing with in-ear device is desired.”