Ever since 9/11, most Americans have become quite complacent in regards to surveillance. We’re so used to being spied on by corporations and our government, that we’ve accepted it as an unavoidable fact of life. But in countries like Germany, there is still a deep-seated and widespread cultural fear of being spied on.
This became apparent in 2010, when the German government issued microchiped ID cards, which was widely protested at the time. Despite claims that these cards can’t be used to spy on someone, many Germans are still very wary of the device. This fact was demonstrated earlier this week, when a 29-year-old man was arrested at the Frankfurt airport, after it was discovered that he had microwaved his ID card to destroy the microchip (according to German law, ID cards are government property, and can’t be destroyed).
But that man isn’t alone. There are many German Youtube videos that demonstrate how to destroy the microchip in government documents, and a poll taken last year found that 39% of German adults are fearful of the future of digital technologies. I guess after spending decades living under the Nazis and Soviets, and in light of Snowden’s leaks which revealed that the US government was spying them, German citizens are still afraid to abandon their privacy. Good for them.
This article first appeared at TheDailySheeple.com.
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