WHAT IS NEXT?
What is next? Or could they already have these capabilities? And who will have access to them? Right now, it is anyone that can afford them.
- Devices that can detect body heat or that use other techniques to determine what you are doing when you are at home, or whether you are at home. Police have already used these technologies to justify the invasion of homes suspected of having greenhouses that could potentially have marijuana plants in them.
- The ability to take your personal photograph and match it to photos in a database to determine where you are at all times, even in your most private moments.
- Being able to remotely tap your cell phone or land line? This technique is already being used, but we do not know the extent to which they will use it.
- The ability to geo-track you 24/7.
- Accumulate every single website you visit.
- Have access to every single IM, Skype or email you have ever sent or received.
These and many more possibilities exist. The access to extremely cheap technology like storage provides them the ability to assemble an almost infinite library and assemble information about you in seconds. Perhaps they cannot use it to implicate you when they desire, but they can manipulate it to portray you in any way they desire.
Do the police believe that the technologies are harmless to innocent citizens? Hardly! They themselves arrest people for just taking an officer’s picture or filming arrests. They regularly attempt to use the wire tapping laws in some states to have people arrested for exposing police misconduct. These citizens were doing their public duty to protect others from bad cops, and they are prosecuted. A simple search on Youtube will demonstrate the extent to which officers will go to hide their bad behavior. And yet, they have no problem violating your privacy on a whim claiming it is for the greater good.
Even if you believe that you have nothing to hide, information of this kind can be used against you to falsely implicate you. You can be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now they will know it. There is no doubt that the authorities will misuse it in many instances. If you happen to look somewhat like a reported criminal, you could be arrested because you happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if they want to implicate you, they can twist such data to make it fit to any situation they desire. It then becomes up to you to defend yourself at considerable expense risking your job, career and family.
And if the information is available to anyone with the ability to purchase it, anyone can spy on you, knowing your daily travel habits, knowing when you are home or knowing when you are vulnerable.
Spying on innocent citizens and providing not only the police access to your privacy, but also those in the public sector, is clearly reminiscent of the book “1984”. It took them longer than 1984 to get to this point, but they are clearly knocking on the door to knowing everything about you. And what you don’t know and when they do can clearly hurt you.