Big Brother is watching more closely than every these days. Have you encountered RealMe? When I became eligible for NZ Super I was obliged to create a RealMe account.
Then the Department of Internal Affairs launched an online grants application that requires anyone who applies for a grant or signs a grant agreement to logon through RealMe. I strongly objected to this merging of my personal and professional lives, but had no choice. I apply for grants for two completely separate organisations, but DIA sends messages for both to just one of them, because their system can’t cope with keeping them separate.
Now I’ve been informed that my Celebrant registration will also need to be done through RealMe, and I needed to verify my postal address. To do this I had to register with NZ Post, and await the delivery of a verification letter.
I think that more than Five Eyes are watching me. I have nothing to hide, but I like to control my own information and wonder where it will all end.
“Will government records now be
more real than what is really me?”