Nothing I Want You To See

β€œIt’s not that I have something to hide. I have nothing I want you to see.” β€” Anon

Seen online this morning. This strikes a chord with my background in security and patient privacy. Most of us, or at least many of us, were we to notice someone staring at us, particularly if they follow us around while showing particular curiosity about our every move and word, would take exception. “Is there something you want?” would be a mild response. “You–leave me alone.” a little more direct.

Of course, the world’s largest corporations–Apple, Google (Alphabet), Amazon–are doing just that. We can say “Hey, Siri”, “Hey, Google”. or “Hey, Alexa” and the corporate voice will answer right away, which means that they are constantly listening. Whoever hosts your cell phone, Verizon, AT&T, etc, records its transition from cellular tower to tower, always (it can’t be turned off anymore). Apple and Google maps know your location to within a few meters.

All of which is unsettling, even if their only motive is to better direct advertising messages to you–to extract the maximum corporate value from their connection to your life, and that of the people around you. But wait–there’s more!

They are all, constantly, storing that information and in some manner or another–whether on a constant flow or whenever requested, or demanded with the force of a secret court’s order–providing it not only to your local and current national governments most secretive police and military surveillance powers, but to like agencies of governments worldwide.

“You–leave me alone!”

About David Smith

One of the guys named Smith who was once a consultant. This is not his first rodeo. Or his second or third.
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