The tweeters criticized that Purchases would appear in the passport as part of a digital “travel pass,” as well as data regarding border crossings, hotel stays, and car rentals would also appear.
The Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum focus their efforts on the Common Pass’s first tests; this is a digital passport that would make travel more manageable during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This tool will help people prove that they have undergone a Covid test before their trip. However, it still shows few technical challenges that are currently under Twitter users’ radar. These Twitter users warned about the danger of the “Covid passport.”
The biometric level My Common Pass applies facial images and might also be using fingerprints. Besides, it includes government-issued identification credentials (passport number), travel history, a list of border-crossing records, hotel stays, and car rentals.
A tweeter wrote that the passport would also include purchase records and maybe data from bank accounts and other financial and transaction records. The digital passport will also feature predictive pre-crime “risk assessment” and profiling scores generated at each “intervention” point before and during each trip. Even transactions will appear as records.
This same tweeter also indicates that touristic behavior will also appear on records and a list of purchases and other financial movements regarding transactions. Each border crossing will receive a stamp in the passport as part of a digital “travel pass,” which will be a subject of routine inspections.
The Use of Such Amount of Data Would Serve to Discriminate Travelers
@SikhForTruth, the critic tweeter, described through its account on the social network that all this data intends to serve as sources to discriminate between travelers whose identification profiles might keep some relationship to a possible crime classification risk.
The tweeter also wrote that “access to the most comprehensive travel history and transaction records is a long-standing goal of government travel monitoring and control agencies. Following the standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the space on the RFID chip or radio frequency identification of each electronic passport finds a reservation for the travel history data”.
An Applicable Passport for Border Crossing
The tweeter highlights that this passport would only help border crossing or entry/exit data but not for dealing with records of hotel stays or other transactions.
An individual would be able to be chosen from a crowd to receive its inclusion, and would also appear on a blacklist by asymptomatic facial recognition. Therefore, this passport can also serve for surreptitious and non-consensual mass surveillance.
KTDI’s partners include government travel agencies (DHS, ICAO, among others), airline industries, and even the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Also on that list are Google, Visa, and Accor hotel chains.
@SikhForTruth also argued that This system is the same that appeared on January 28, 2021, by the Institute for Global Change. This system can receive its adoption in The United Kingdom in the years to come.
By: Jenson Nuñez