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Given the revelations of Edward Snowden and others as to the ever increasing government onslaught on privacy and other civil rights that the government justifies by questionable and clearly overreaching notions of national security, one would think that it might finally dawn on people that the government might not always have their best interests at heart. Rather, government might exclusively be motivated by its own narrow self-interest, which is to stay in power at any cost, while serving the very specific and narrow corporate profit interests of the uber-rich.
The latest assault on privacy now comes from Sweden in the form of a computer chip that is injected under the skin of the user with their unique identity, password, and other sensitive information imbedded in it to give all sorts of access- everything from buildings to bank accounts- to the person so chipped. This new technology joins the already prolific and potentially intrusive tracking and storing of individuals' data from cellphones and other tracking devices that contine to amass untold amounts of personal data on virtually every person who uses a computer or any other form of electronic device such as a cellphone.
The unquestioned allowing of these massive individual data gathering practices falsely presupposes that those in control of government might not ever have a more nefarious agenda. Even if one assumes for argument sake that the present government has its citizens best interest at heart, there is no consideration given to the potential for some less democratic future government using this technology to subvert privacy and other civil rights in the not too distant future, if we continue to allow such technology to be put in place without any serious examination of its potentially more sinister applications.