If you’re worried about government tracking, stop using the loo!
Fake news such as government tracking chips in vaccines is everywhere these days. Of course, the government is tracking you, but they don’t need an elaborate sci-fi plan to do it. You carry a tracking device in your pocket all day called a smartphone. But the real tracking comes from the place we least expect, our poo!
Wastewater analysis is a rapidly developing scientific discipline that monitors real-time data on geographical and temporal trends.
We could throw our phones in the bin and rip out the fibre optic cables in our walls but we can’t stop going to the toilet. It’s a basic physiological need included in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
So what is the government tracking through our wastewater?
- Our use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs – government data gathered from wastewater shows that alcohol use decreased in capital cities during the pandemic but increased in regional areas.
- Viral and bacterial infection in the community – Widely published during the fight against COVID-19.
- Chemicals, organisms and genes.
Domestic wastewater monitoring has been used by governments worldwide for a long time. Domestic wastewater helped authorities evaluate the presence of viruses like Polio in the 1950s and illicit drug use more recently.
So if you’re worried about the government tracking you through some elaborate scheme like a vaccine or 5G tower, you need look no further than your toilet.