Call to Action - Oppose H.R. 6666 - Contact Tracing App
Updated: May 26, 2020
Do you want to be tracked? Does this tracing app violate the Fourth Amendment? Learn more about COVID-19 digital contact tracing programs and what you can do to protect yourself.
The information below is compliments of the Florida Freedom Keepers.
“Until we have a vaccine to defeat this dreaded disease, contact tracing in order to understand the full breadth and depth of the spread of this virus is the only way we will be able to get out from under this.” Author of HR 6666, Representative Bobby Rush, Illinois.
A measure has been introduced into the House of Representatives called H.R.6666 - COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act. HR 6666 is currently in committee. This bill relies on a va**ine as a necessary end to the current crisis.
Full text of bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6666?s=1&r=2
The main points of the bill are as follows;
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts, through—
(1) mobile health units; and
(2) as necessary, testing individuals and providing individuals with services related to testing and quarantine at their residences.
(b) Permissible uses of funds.—A grant recipient under this section may use the grant funds, in support of the activities described in subsection (a)—
(1) to hire, train, compensate, and pay the expenses of individuals; and
(2) to purchase personal protective equipment and other supplies.
(c) Priority.—In selecting grant recipients under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to—
(1) applicants proposing to conduct activities funded under this section in hot spots and medically under-served communities; and
(2) applicants that agree, in hiring individuals to carry out activities funded under this section, to hire residents of the area or community where the activities will primarily occur, with higher priority among applicants described in this paragraph given based on the percentage of individuals to be hired from such area or community.
Unraveling HR 6666—will it invade your privacy?
HR 6666 authorizes the appropriation of $100 Billion to fund entities to “conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts...”
Nothing in the bill specifically forces people to comply with such a process. However, nothing in the bill protects your privacy either.
We can all reasonably project that such a program COULD be misused. It is not accurate to say it WILL be abused because there’s too many gaps in the law.
We currently see governors applying stay-at-home orders in very different and compromising ways. This bill would give them further powers to over reach and violate inherent and constitutional liberties.
What can we do?
Immediately contact your State Federal Representatives to OPPOSE HR 6666 - call, email, and flood their social media accounts!
Florida residents: Find your local FEDERAL representatives here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/FL#senators
When opposing, use the following talking points:
Contact Tracing is not traditionally modeled to be done on a nationwide scale and will potentially violate privacy, HIPPA and civil liberties. We oppose any and all mandates, including coercion with fear into a tracking system.
The patron of the Bill cites a vaccine as an end point. Vaccines are medical products with inherent risks that can not be forced on individuals. This is a violation of inherent and constitutional rights. Informed consent dictates a person has the right to decline.
The Bill is vague in its limits and restrictions on the powers its gives.
There are no systems in place to properly store, protect and limit information gathered by Contact Tracers.
The vagueness of this bill allows for massive government overreach, private information mismanagement and corruption.
All Americans have a reasonable right to privacy in their home.
If you have an iPhone, Tablet, Apple Watch etc. - you will see that new update 13.5 will download the tracing app.
Turn off 'Automatic Software Updates' so it will not download on its own
Do NOT download the update
Check all Health tracking apps you have downloaded. Go to Settings, Privacy, Health and make sure all apps are disabled.
Other Privacy settings to disable: Analytics & Improvement, Improve Siri & Dictation, Share iClouf Analytics
DID YOU ALREADY DOWNLOAD THE UPDATE?
Here is how to turn it off:
On iOS 13.5 and later, head to Settings on your iPhone
Swipe down and tap Privacy
Now choose Health
Tap COVID-19 Exposure Logging at the top
For now, you’ll need an authorized app before Exposure Notifications can be turned on. But then you can tap the toggle to turn notifications on or off
You can also delete the exposure logs manually at any time at the bottom of the settings