Let me call the death of privacy. Put a fork in it. It’s done. Finished. Personal privacy is dead already. Privacy died some time ago, mostly while we were not paying much attention, or hadn’t yet given up hope, but it’s dead; a relic of a more peaceful and private era.
On Or Off The Grid
For the vast majority of us who choose to live ‘on the grid’ in full view of others who use electronic gadgets, and whose lives are tied to databases here, there, and everywhere, we have only a facade of privacy.
Big companies, the government, and almost anyone else, can find out or already knows everything they need to know about you, me, and our next door neighbors habits, likes, dislikes, and affiliations
Cellphone companies, and the governments that lean on them, can track where our phones go; traffic cameras track our whereabouts by facial recognition (Hey, I saw it on NCIS), and I wouldn’t put it past the electric company to know how many people are visiting our condo at any moment in time.
Modern technology has become so pervasive, so permissive, so permeable to misuse that Big Brother doesn’t even need GPS or Wi-Fi data to know where we’ve been. A new tech report says Android phones can be tracked by studying their power usage over time thanks to a malicious malware app.
News from last week pointed out that U.S. government hackers had invaded the SIM cards of smartphones all over the world. Why? Because they could. To what end? To protect us from those who would do us harm. Monitors are almost everywhere these days, and where there are no monitors, data about us is being generated and stored for monitors to view later.
I have a question. Who monitors the monitors?
As each day goes by we learn of more personal information falling into the hands of those who would do us harm; and they’re not all religious kooks; some steal our money, others steal identities, others do their deeds for fun and profit, still others infiltrate computer systems to maim, cripple, and destroy the status quo, which increasingly appears to be populated by a sheep-like culture herded by fear, captivated by scandal, but unable to fend for themselves in an increasingly isolated yet oddly integrated world of technology where everything we do is recorded somewhere by someone for some reason we may not know.
Personal privacy? It’s dead. Privacy is a relic of a bygone era where those who committed crimes and misdeeds were held accountable, but where today they hold all the cards. Where is Apple in this insecure world? Why isn’t Apple raising the flag of security and privacy champion for the people? The lip service is there but the silence is deafening.